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Published Saturday 09/02/2013 (updated) 11/02/2013 10:46
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Secretary general of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine
Nayef Hawatmeh (MaanImages/File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Palestinian factions held a late-night meeting to discuss reconciliation but little was achieved, according to the secretary general of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Nayef Hawatmeh said the meeting lasted until dawn Saturday but ended without reaching "tangible results."

"Everything is still hanging in the air. We haven't reached tangible results that will result in actual changes to end the split" between the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Hawatmeh said.

Fatah and Hamas officials are meeting in Cairo to discuss the composition of a unity government and hammer out the details of a long-stalled 2011 reconciliation agreement.

A joint government to oversee fresh elections and reunite the West Bank and Gaza is a key component of the deal.

The last proposal for a joint government, in February 2012, soon fell apart after Hamas officials in Gaza refused to accept that Fatah leader President Mahmoud Abbas take the prime minister position.

According to Hawatmeh, this time Hamas is rejecting previously agreed elections rules.

“All 12 factions agreed, except Hamas members, on the need to have proportional representation for the parliament and presidential elections in addition to the Palestinian National Council and in the Diaspora”.

Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal, he said, insisted on the Islamic movement's previous opposition to such a system. It prefers a system prior to President Mahmoud Abbas' 2009 decree changing the law to a proportional system. The 2009 decree removed a percentage of seats reserved for each governorate.

Hawatmeh described Hamas' position on elections as "dangerous."
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1 ) hate zionism / .ps
09/02/2013 16:48
“All 12 factions agreed, except Hamas members, on the need to have proportional representation for the parliament and presidential elections in addition to the Palestinian National Council and in the Diaspora”. ....why are hamas against this?

2 ) southparkbear / usa
09/02/2013 18:07
there must have been a zionist in that meeting, proportionaly that is

3 ) ABE / USA
09/02/2013 19:45
Reconciliation! The Palestinian way! Power corrupts.

4 ) Good Luck / Israel
09/02/2013 23:58
If by miracle Israel disappear. You guys will eat each other alive. Thank Israel that keep you from each other throat.

5 ) Adam S / USA
10/02/2013 02:59
Hamas is against this because they would perform better with a direct representation system. Given the results of 2006 and their current popularity, a proportional system means they win big; a direct system likely means that they dominate the parliament. If Hamas were to dominate the parliament, it would likely be very bad for the Palestinians and the peace process. Fatah wouldn't fair much better. I'm rooting for Hanan Ashrawi and Mustapha Bargouti. Follow me on twitter! @Adam_Wes_S

6 ) Islamic Jihad / Egypt
10/02/2013 04:23
Why DFLP is always giving Hamas trouble for??? This report is not accurate & come from loud-mouth only trying to cause trouble. I tell this man from DFLP to sit down & keep his mouth shut; Or > Since he like to talk so much, let's hear him come up with an idea to fix this supposed problem he claims & talk to the Hamas leaders instead of sitting & then run to tell crazy stories because he can't pay attention.

7 ) The Leader Of It All / Palestine
10/02/2013 04:34
Then tell Hamas to play fair & allow proportional seats, if not there will be no reconciliation. But will this hurt or even damage their reputation, Or the election's result any?? If that the only problem I don't see why they would not want to comply with that. I want to know what is their reasoning behind refuding such. What they scared of?? Diminishing influence or losing loyalty?? Is there even enough political members from other factions/parties to fill 'proportional seats'? Does it matter?

8 ) HAMAS is kicking @SS / Canada
10/02/2013 18:01
Hamas is doing well and still has a pair of nuts, Although Abbas got "recognition" (so far useless), Hamas has waged a successful campaign against israel and have better success with thier economy, (they arent on the mommy israel's boob, taking poison handouts from the enemy).

9 ) Colin Wright / USA
10/02/2013 21:30
It seems to me that both Hamas and its rivals agree that if the elections simply reflected the popular vote, Hamas would win big. The other factions seem concerned with keeping their slice of the pie while Hamas -- however selfish its motives -- advocates democracy. As to 'peace with Israel' -- that's a chimaera. Israel and peace are mutually exclusive concepts. 'Peace' needs to be pushed as a P.R. ploy -- as Israel always has -- but don't start believing in it yourself.

10 ) almubadara / salt
11/02/2013 01:12
@9 they didnt win big ,when the alledgedly wong big.proportional rep. should be used it most democratic and would have created a situation that would have preveted a hamas/fateh clash,or power grab. the role in the usa etc in the election process should also have been mention.hamaas are against p.r. etc ,because it not good for them.see the vote % of hamas to the seats they won.percentage was not so much than they rival,and much less than 40%.although they won about 70% f seats..see theresults

11 ) @2,6,9 etc / jerusalem,Palestine
11/02/2013 01:14
your comments are ridiculous.and detached from reallity
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