Sunday, 17 February 2013

Hamas, Fatah to meet Feb. 27 for national unity talks, official says


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Delegations from Hamas and Fatah will meet in Cairo later this month to discuss the formation of a new government, a senior Hamas leader said Sunday.

Hamas' deputy politburo chief Mousa Abu Marzouq said in a statement that the factions will meet on Feb. 27 to discuss mechanisms for formatting a unity government.

Hamas official Khalil al-Hayeh said Saturday that the unity government will address the most important reconciliation issues, including holding elections and reforming security forces.

The long-stalled agreement made some progress this week as the Central Elections Commission updated voter records in the Gaza Strip for the first time since 2005.

The voter registration process is due to be completed by Feb. 18 and, in theory, an election could then be called three months later. more