Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday called on Hamas to accept an immediate general election to promote Palestinian unity. Hamas rejected Abbas’ proposal.
“We offer immediate presidential and parliamentary elections to end the issue of internal split. Those the people vote for would lead,” Abbas told reporters. Abbas’ proposal came a day after Fatah and Hamas decided to postpone reconciliation talks until August 25. “Holding elections is the solution,” Abbas said.
Responding to Abbas’ proposal, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum told Xinhua, “First, there must be an agreement on the five files which are the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), the government, the security, the reconciliation and the elections.”
“Abu Mazen (Abbas) should firstly provide a suitable atmosphere for holding the elections instead of uprooting Hamas in the West Bank,” he added.