Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Abbas still has hop of compromise with Hamas

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas threatened to call early elections to end

an impasse with Hamas but set no date for the vote, indicating he has not given

up on forming a unity government with the Islamic militant group.

But Hamas greeted the proposal made last night with anger, saying Abbas lacked

the authority to replace the government it leads.

Abbas is under increasing pressure at home and abroad to take decisive action.

He is reported to be planning a speech later this week announcing his intention

to hold elections if a coalition with Hamas cannot be formed.

Hamas officials said Abbas has no authority to call new elections and accused him of undermining efforts to unify the Palestinian people.

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?

Latest News

Latest Sport

Latest Showbiz