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(news) Hamas enters parliament election

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posted on Mar, 12 2005 @ 11:35 AM
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The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, has decided to participate in elections, that will take part on July the 17th. The announcement came from the current Hamas leader Muhammad Ghazal in the West Bank, and this could be a very hard challenege for the Fatah party and their leader Mahmoud Abbas.



 



news.bbc.co.uk
"Hamas has decided to take part in the Palestinian legislative council election this summer. On the basis of sticking to the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people and protecting the program of resistance as a strategic choice until the occupation is swept away," a Hamas leader, Mohammad Ghazal, told a press conference in the West Bank town of Nablus.

The decision may indicate a transformation in Hamas' political thinking and means the elections will see tough competition between Hamas, a branch of the worldwide pan-Islamic movement the Muslim Brotherhood, and Fatah, the quasi-secular nationalist Palestinian movement founded by the late Palestinian president Yasir Arafat.

Hamas has spent years building up a considerable following. It operates a social programme, like building schools, hospitals and religious institutions, as well a military wing that has been behind many of the suicide bomb attacks against Israelis.


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In the local elections in the beginning of this year, Hamas got 30 % of the seats in the West Bank, and the majority in the Gaza Strip. The Fatah party and their leader Abbas is not really popular with the people of Palestine. In the Gaza Strip, hundreds of unemployed workers stormed the parliament building, shouting and chanting:"Abu Mazen, we are hungry!", using Abbas's nickname in the protests.


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www.reuters.com
english.aljazeera.net
www.jpost.com
www.abc.net.au

[edit on 12-3-2005 by Souljah]




posted on Mar, 12 2005 @ 11:46 AM
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the pic looks a little big for ATSNN, I believe the requirements are 120x120 or something close to that. That's my only hestitation about voting for the story, other than that



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