Fatah and Hamas to Form National Unity Government in Moscow-Brokered Deal

A Journal of People report

Fatah, Hamas and other Palestinian parties are to form a national unity government prior to the holding of elections. The deal on national unity government follows three days of talks in Moscow.
Fatah, Hamas, two main Palestinian factions have been at odds since the 2006 elections.
“We have reached an agreement under which, within 48 hours, we will call on (Palestinian leader) Mahmoud Abbas to launch consultations on the creation of a government” of national unity, said Azzam Ahmad, senior Fatah official, at a press conference.After the government is formed, the Palestinians would set up a national council, which would include Palestinians in exile, and hold elections. “Today the conditions for (such an initiative) are better than ever,” he added.
The non-official Russian-mediated talks in Moscow began Sunday with the goal of restoring “the unity of the Palestinian people.” Representatives from Fatah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other factions were present at the meetings over the weekend.
In 2016, the Palestinian government postponed the first municipal elections in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip in 10 years after the Supreme Court ruled they should be held only in the Fatah-run West Bank.
The last time the Palestinians staged elections in which both Hamas and Fatah took part was in 2006.

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