(MENAFN - Daily Outlook Afghanistan) The Palestinian Hamas movement, which governs the besieged Gaza Strip, has slammed President Mahmoud Abbas's decision to delay parliamentary polls that were scheduled to take place on May 22.
Late on Thursday, President Abbas announced the postponement, citing Israel's rejection of allowing elections to be held in occupied East Jerusalem. He stressed, however, that once Israel permits elections in Jerusalem, he will hold the polls 'within a week.
'We received with regret the Fatah [group] and Palestinian Authority's decision represented through its chairman, Mr Mahmoud Abbas, to disrupt the Palestinian elections, the Hamas group said in a statement.
It said it held the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Fatah fully responsible for the postponement and its repercussions, considering such a step 'a coup against the path of national partnership and consensus.
The statement said Hamas had boycotted the meeting, as 'it knew earlier that the PA and Fatah are heading to disrupt the elections for other calculations not related to Jerusalem.
Analysts said Abbas had hoped the elections would allow Fatah and Hamas to continue sharing power, but felt threatened by the emergence of strong splinter factions and the rise of new groups critical of his leadership. (Aljazeera)
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