Friday, January 27, 2006
AP: Hamas leader asks to meet with President Abbas - Jan. 27
Associated Press - Yahoo News - 6 minutes ago
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - A senior Hamas leader said Friday he has asked Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, left, to meet within two days to discuss the formation of the next government.
The Hamas leader, Ismail Haniyeh, below right, told worshippers at a mosque in a Gaza refugee camp that he spoke to Abbas earlier Friday.
"We asked him to meet within the coming two days to consult with Hamas, the largest party in the Palestinian legislature, about the shape of the political partnership for the next era and about all the Palestinian people's issues and topics," Haniyeh said.
The meeting would have to take place in Gaza because Haniyeh would not be permitted byto travel to the , the Palestinians' seat of government.
He spoke a day after official election results gave Hamas 76 seats in the 132-member Palestinian parliament.
Abbas said he would ask Hamas to form the next government. "Until now, we haven't asked anyone to form the government," Abbas said outside his office. "We are carrying on contacts with all factions, and of course we will ask the party that won the majority to form the government."
Source: AP-Yahoo News.
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