Hamas chief opposes referendum
Hamas political chief Khaled Meshaal opposes Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas's referendum call, arguing that it would annul the results of the January elections.
"This matter represents a nullification of the legislative institution and an annulment of the outcome of the elections," Meshaal told the Qatari daily Al-Watan.
The document at the centre of the possible referendum, drawn up by imprisoned faction leaders, advocates a national unity government and Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, including east Jerusalem.
According to Meshaal, the elections, in which Hamas won, "were held in a fair way and were monitored by the whole world". "It does not make sense to talk about going back to the street, which has already expressed its opinion few months ago," the Damascus-based leader added.