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Hamas: Delaying election will affect future of Palestine reconciliation

April 28, 2021 at 11:43 am

Hamas registers its electoral list for parliamentary election [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Hamas reiterated on Monday its rejection of moves to postpone Palestinian general elections under any pretext, stressing that such a move would affect Palestinian reconciliation.

In a press remarks posted on its website, deputy head of the movement Moussa Abu Marzouk warned that cancelling the Palestinian elections would have negative consequences on Palestinians.

He stressed: “It would have negative repercussions on the future of Palestinian reconciliation.”

“We cannot act at the behest of the Israeli occupation,” Abu Marzouk continued. “This a Palestinian matter. Surrendering to the Israeli position means acknowledging its sovereignty over this Holy Land.”

Abu Marzouk explained the popular Palestinian intifada in Jerusalem, which took place over the past few days, indicated that Jerusalemites are capable of forcing the Israeli occupation to accept holding the Palestinian elections in the city.

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“Jerusalem should be the core of the [Palestinian] struggle and the basis for national partnership,” he stressed, adding that the three stages of the elections should go ahead as planned.

Hamas, he explained, wants “a way out of this national impasse.”

“We want our Palestinian people to have a peaceful transition of power and hold inclusive elections at all levels without facing obstructions,” Abu Marzouk concluded.

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, signed a decree for holding parliamentary and presidential elections on 22 May and 31 July respectively. However, it is believed he is set to announce the cancellation of the Palestinian elections under the pretext of Israel’s refusal to allow Jerusalemites to cast their vote.