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Hamas calls for reactivating Palestine parliament to end deadlock

May 5, 2021 at 10:07 am

Mahmoud Al-Zahar, a member of the Hamas leadership in Gaza on 15 November 2016 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Member of Hamas Political Bureau Mahmoud Al-Zahar yesterday called for reactivating the Palestinian parliament as the best way out of the current political deadlock, Al Watan Voice reported.

In an exclusive interview with Al Watan Voice, Al-Zahar said that reactivating the parliament “must” precede any proposal for a national unity government.

Parliament, he continued, “is the only Palestinian institution which maintains its legitimacy according to Palestinian law, and it must be reactivated until a new parliament is elected.”

He said that the Palestinian factions should ask their representatives to attend parliamentary meetings or choose others to replace them.

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The Hamas officials said that parliament “should form committees, after it is reactivated, including the formation of a government or a national committee” to run the country, stressing that “we want to start with legal issues.”

Al-Zahar said that Fatah should accept the laws which stipulate the work of the parliament because it ratified them prior to the first Palestinian parliamentary elections held in 1996 when Hamas did not participate.

He said that the parliament is the only Palestinian institution which is accepted globally because it is freely elected, while the Palestinian National Council (PNC) includes only Fatah or pro-Fatah members. “This is a reason for it to be disqualified,” he said.

Israel refuses to hold polls in Jerusalem - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Israel refuses to hold polls in Jerusalem – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]