Hamas says it accepts reconciliation demands

Hamas paves way for Palestinian elections as it signals readiness to end Fatah feud

Hamas and Fatah agreed in 2014 to form a national reconciliation government, but despite that agreement, Hamas's shadow government has continued to rule the Gaza Strip.

It also said that Hamas movement is ready to response to the Egyptian invitation to resume the dialogue soon with Fatah Party on the mechanisms of the full implementation of Cairo Reconciliation Agreement that was reached between the two sides in May 2011.

The announcement followed indirect negotiations between Palestinian groups Fatah and Hamas in Cairo.

The Islamic Resistance Movement a.k.a. Hamas on Sunday announced the dissolution of its Administrative Committee that has been ruling the Gaza Strip, and called for a reconciliation government to carry out its duties in the strip, to hold elections and enter talks with the PLO, Ma'an reported.

Hamas is also under further pressure from an aggressive policy from Abbas, who governs in the West Bank, and who in June asked Israel to substantially cut its electricity supply to Gaza's 2 million residents.

Last Tuesday, Fatah Central Committee Member Azzam al-Ahmad, who is now leading the Fatah delegation in Cairo, said if Hamas disbands its administrative committee, Abbas would lift its punitive measures against it. At the end of the war, Hamas and Fatah disagreed on whether the consensus government should pay the salaries of 42,000 Hamas employees or not. There was no immediate comment from Abbas's government, and a senior Palestinian official was guarded in his optimism.

Hamas paves way for Palestinian elections as it signals readiness to end Fatah feud

It added that it had decided to make the announcement in response to Egyptian efforts to achieve reconciliation and end internal Palestinian divisions.

"This position puts President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah movement in front of the Egyptian efforts and in front of the Palestinian people before a real test in order to achieve our people's aspirations, achieve a real unity and a real partnership", said Barhoum.

"Hamas wants to improve the situation in Gaza, but it doesn't want to give up control of it", Bjorn said.

The islamist movement leading Gaza strip since it ousted palestinian Authority, controlled by Fatah movement of palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in 2007 after winning general elections in 2006.

Still, it's not clear whether Hamas will brush away a formidable obstacle to reconciliation by putting its security forces under Abbas's control.

On his first visit as secretary general in August, UN chief Antonio Guterres said the Gaza Strip faces "one of the most dramatic humanitarian crisis"?that he has witnessed.

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