posted on Mar, 12 2005 @ 11:35 AM
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
"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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[edit on 12-3-2005 by Souljah]