Palestinian parties continue discussions to reconstruct PLO

2013-02-09 11:22:48 GMT2013-02-09 19:22:48(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

GAZA, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian groups will meet for the second day Saturday in Egypt, hoping to agree on new regulations allowing Hamas and Islamic Jihad to join Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).

The parties will continue discussing how to hold elections for a new National Council, the PLO's parliament which represents Palestinians both inside and outside the Palestinian territories.

The conferees make up the temporary leadership committee of the PLO, which was formed in 2011 and includes representatives for non- member parties such as Hamas and the Islamic Jihad. The goal is to reconstruct the PLO in a way enabling the two Islamic factions that do not recognize Israel to become part of the organization.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, also the leader of Fatah party, will chair the meeting.

Ahmed Majdalani, a member of the PLO's Executive Committee, said more issues were discussed Friday, including those related to Fatah-Hamas reconciliation.

He added the parties agreed that the National Council's elections would be conduct in parallel with the polls in the Palestinian Legislative Council, the parliament of the Palestinian National Authority.

However, sources said differences emerged about Fatah's suggestion to link holding the National Council's elections with the progress in forming a transitional government that would oversee those elections.

For Fatah, hamas is eager to upgrade the PLO and become under its umbrella, but it is less energetic to make progress on ending the political split between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

In 2007, Hamas routed pro-Abbas forces and took over Gaza, ousting Fatah and setting up its own administration there.

Hamas and Fatah have signed several agreements to reconcile, but most of the clauses of these deals were not implemented.

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