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Palestinian PM Pledges to Spare No Effort to Ensure Elections Are Successful

Palestinian PM Pledges to Spare No Effort to Ensure Elections Are Successful

Tuesday, 29 September, 2020 - 05:30
The Rafah border crossing at the Gaza Strip, which the Egyptian authorities agreed to open for three days (EPA)

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh pledged to exert major efforts into staging successful general elections, which are expected to be held in the coming months.

Speaking at the weekly cabinet virtual meeting, he said the government would spare no effort to ensure the success of the polls that would be held in line with the recent understandings reached between Fatah and Hamas in Istanbul and the meeting of the general secretaries of Palestinian factions.

Fatah and Hamas officials have, in principle, agreed to holding free and fair elections gradually and according to proportional representation. Legislative and presidential elections will be held within six months.

Palestinians are currently waiting on President Mahmoud Abbas to issue a presidential decree on holding elections in October, after a full reconciliation is achieved between Fatah, Hamas and other factions.

In other news, a senior official in the Fatah movement announced that an official statement around the Fatah-Hamas understandings will be issued on Thursday.

Fatah Central Committee member Hussein al-Sheikh stressed Monday the Palestinian leadership’s determination to achieve national unity and political partnership.

Speaking in an interview on Palestine TV, al-Sheikh said that Abbas was determined to achieve national unity and build political partnership based on clear and agreed-upon bases to counter all schemes aimed at liquidating the Palestinian cause.

He hailed Abbas’ decision to convene the recent senior-level meeting of the Palestinian factions in Beirut earlier this month as a “bold and courageous step” towards ending the division.

He noted that the meeting outcomes laid down the foundations for upcoming Fatah-Hamas meetings and understandings towards pan-Palestinian national consensus and holding elections.

He reiterated Abbas’ keenness to bring all Palestinian factions together under the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and noted that the recent senior Fatah-Hamas meeting, which took place at the Palestinian consulate to Istanbul, serves as a springboard for successful comprehensive national dialogue.

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