Special report: Palestine-Israel
RAMALLAH, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- A Palestinian official
Thursday said comprehensive elections would be the best way to prevent Hamas
from boosting its de-facto power.
"Elections are the solution that will not give the
coup rights it doesn't entitled to get," said Yasser Abed Rabbo, a member of the
executive committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO).
Abed Rabbo was referring to Hamas' violent takeover
of the Gaza Strip in June last year by routing Fatah-dominated security forces
loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
"The elections will not turn the coup into a method
in the Palestinian political life," Abed Rabbo said, adding that "elections is
the base that the Palestinian can stand on to reach a democratic solution to the
Abed Rabbo demanded that the elections should involve
the parliament, the presidency and the Palestinian National Council, the PLO's
But Hamas, which won 2006 parliamentary elections,
argues that the PLO's executive committee lacks legal credibility for it had
exceeded its terms.
Hamas also said it will not accept any proposal for
reconciliation with Fatah movement without guarantees that the results of the
parliamentary elections would be considered.
Egypt will host and sponsor a national Palestinian
dialogue early next month to resolve the consequences of Gaza takeover and the
ensuing separation between the coastal strip and the West Bank where the
Fatah-dominated Palestinian National Authority (PNA) rules.
Hamas accepted an Egyptian-brokered plan but had some
reservations on the Egyptian-drafted agenda of the