Hamas movement concluded this evening a round of meetings with the Palestinian factions to discuss the Palestinian elections.
In a speech at the meeting, Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh said that the movement seeks to end the Palestinian division and build up a political system based on partnership.
Hailing all the factions that participated in the talks, Hanieyh highlighted that the movement has handled the issue of elections with flexibility and national responsibility.
“Elections is the base for the Palestinian national project and a way out of the dilemma which the Palestinian cause is going through now,” the Hamas official stressed.
He also mentioned that the national position shared by all the Palestinian factions entails that legislative, presidential, and national council elections shall be organised simultaneously.
“But we agreed to hold the legislative elections followed by presidential polls. But this should be according to a specific schedule,” he added.
He mentioned that Hamas has made this concession because Fatah insisted to do so.
The top Hamas official also said that the factions have some demands: holding the elections in the West Bank, Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, without playing around, adding that neutralisation of the constitutional court formed by the PA to dissolve the elected legislative council is another demand.
“We have to solve the issue of the legislative council,” he said.
Addressing the factions, Haniyeh concluded that Hamas has made efforts at three levels to lead the elections to success: efforts inside Hama, at the national level, and with external bodies.