Palestinians agree to hold elections ‘quickly’

AFP, Jordan Times.

DOHA — Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fateh agreed at a meeting in the Qatari capital on Sunday that presidential and legislative elections must be held “quickly”, a top official told AFP.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas chief Khaled Mishaal met to explore the formation of an interim Palestinian government to oversee the preparations for the polls and discuss the implementation of a reconciliation deal.

“We agreed on the importance of holding the elections quickly… and removing any obstacles that might delay the polls,” said Fateh spokesperson Azzam Al Ahmad, who is accompanying Abbas in Doha.

He said the talks, which are being hosted by Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, were “positive” and that both sides reached “agreement on all the major issues” regarding the reconciliation agreement, including the formation of a transitional government made up of independents.

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