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Fatah and Hamas to form unity government in Palestine

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Source: RT.com

After a three-day negotiation talk in Moscow, The Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority (PA) on Tuesday has agreed to form a unity government with Hamas.

“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,” senior Fatah official Azzam Ahmad told a press conference.

The two organisations will form a new National Council, which will include Palestinians in exile, and hold elections, Al Jazeera reported.

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.

Fatah and Hamas have been at odds since the latter won the 2006 general elections but was ousted by Fatah.

In 2016, Palestinian government postponed the first municipal polls in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip in 10 years after the high court ruled they should be held only in the Fatah-run West Bank.

The last time the Palestinians staged the election in which both Hamas and Fatah took part was in 2006.

Palestinian representatives also urged Russia to pressurize US president-elect Donald Trump not to carry out the campaign pledge to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

East Jerusalem was illegally captured by the Israel forces during the 1967 war.