Sunday, 24 September, 2017

Hamas to end Gaza administrative committee

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Sammy Stanley | 17 September, 2017, 12:50

The Islamic Resistance Movement a.k.a. Hamas on Sunday announced the dissolution of its Administrative Committee that has been ruling the Gaza Strip, and called for a reconciliation government to carry out its duties in the strip, to hold elections and enter talks with the PLO, Ma'an reported.

In a statement issued on Sunday, Hamas said it has accepted key conditions set by President Mahmoud Abbas, and would dissolve what is known as the Gaza administrative committee, a body seen as a parallel government to Abbas' Palestinian Authority.

Hamas and Fatah agreed in 2014 to form a national reconciliation government, but despite that agreement, Hamas's shadow government has continued to rule the Gaza Strip.

Welcoming Hamas' announcement, a senior Fatah official, Mahmoud Aloul told Reuters, Mahmoud Aloul, "If this is Hamas statement, then this is a positive sign".

The Gaza Strip's militant Hamas rulers said they were ready to take key steps meant to allow the reunification of the rival Palestinian governments.

A team led by Hamas chief Ismail?Haniyeh?has been in Cairo for a week, holding talks aimed at reconciling with Abbas.

The Hamas capitulation follows months of repression on the part of the Palestinian Authority, which deprived the Gaza Strip f electric power.

Last presidential elections were held in 2005 and legislative elections in 2006.

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The two sides have made several attempts at reconciliation.

Hamas agreed to dissolve the administrative committee it had formed in March a year ago to run the daily affairs in the Gaza Strip, the coastal enclave that Hamas has been ruling since it had violently taken control of it in the summer of 2007.

"This puts Abu Mazen and Fatah to the real test", Barhoum said in a statement on Hamas's official website.

Representatives for Abbas, who is in NY ahead of the U.N. General Assembly this week, could not be reached for comment, nor could Fatah representatives presently in Egypt, which has been hosting talks with Hamas.

Gaza's economy is in tatters and it has one of the world's highest unemployment rates.

"Hamas wants to improve the situation in Gaza, but it doesn't want to give up control of it", Bjorn said.

However, he wondered if "Hamas committee is the only obstacle for reaching full reconciliation and ending internal division", saying that he is "personally consciously optimistic", because there are many questions that need answers.

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