Hamas gets a second wind to fight for a stronger leadership position

Ahram Portal, Monday 21 Feb 2011

Hamas takes two more steps towards securing their leadership, declaring null the reconciliation document with Fatah as proposed by Egypt considering Mubarak’s resignation and initiating talks with Palestinian resistance factions

Mousa Abu Marzouk, Deputy Chairman of the Political Bureau of Hamas declared that the reconciliation document presented by Egypt to end the internal Palestinian dispute is no longer valid after Egyptian former President Honsi Mubarak stepped down.

In this framework, Abu Marzuk accused the Palestinian Authority of lacking the required legitimacy to supervise the upcoming elections, pointing the impossibility of holding the election de facto because of the split between the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Nabil Shaath, Fatah official declared that the process of handling the Egyptian document changed in light of recent events.  Yet Mohamed Ashtieh, another Fatah official disagrees with Shaath stating that the Egyptian document is still applicable.

On a different note, Khaled Meshaal, Head of the political office of Hamas stated that they will start new initiatives in consulting with the Palestinian resistance factionsas to  the recent happenings concerning the Palestinian cause; particularly after the U.S. veto on the Security Council resolution condemning the settlements in occupied Palestine.

Moreover, Meshaal described both the Tunisian and Egyptian uprisings as inspiring. However, he stated that the Egyptian revolution was unique being the greatest peaceful revolution in history.

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