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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

'Palestinian elections' in March?

Fatah and Hamas have been holding secret meetings in Cairo with a view toward 'reconciliation' and are planning to hold 'elections' in March.
The discussions came on the eve of a planned meeting between PA President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal in the Egyptian capital next week.

Azzam al-Ahmed, a senior Fatah official in the West Bank, revealed Tuesday that he had held a secret meeting in Cairo with Musa Abu Marzouk, the Syrian-based deputy head of the Hamas “political bureau.”

Al-Ahmed said that he held several meetings with Abu Marzouk “in order to create a positive atmosphere” ahead of the Abbas-Mashaal summit.

The Fatah official voiced optimism regarding the prospects of success of the planned summit saying the two parties have made “good preparations” ahead of the meeting.

He said that Abbas was planning to propose to Mashaal holding new elections in March next year.
The key here is that Fatah has agreed that Salam Fayyad - the only 'Palestinian' who is trusted by the West to handle money - won't be Prime Minister.

What could go wrong?

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