PA President Abbas with Hamas PM Haniyeh 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Suhaib Salem)
The following are the main points of the Egyptian-sponsored Hamas-Fatah unity
understandings reached in Cairo last week. The agreement is scheduled to be
signed in Egypt on Wednesday by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas,
and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal.
1. Elections: Both sides agreed to name
members of the Central Elections Committee in accordance with the Palestinian
factions. Both sides also agreed to present the candidacy of 12 judges as
members of the Elections Court. The presidential and parliamentary elections
would be held simultaneously one year after the signing of the accord.
PLO: Both sides agreed that the missions and decisions of the interim leadership
could not be obstructed – and would not stand in contradiction with the
authorities of the PLO Executive Committee.
3. Security: Both sides
agreed on the formation of a higher security council, that would consist of
4. Government: Both sides agreed on the formation
of a Palestinian government and the appointment of a prime minister and cabinet
The government’s tasks would be to prepare for presidential
and parliamentary elections; overseeing issues related to the internal
reconciliation; rebuilding the Gaza Strip and ending the siege; implementing the
unity agreement; tackling civilian and administrative matters resulting from the
division and reuniting PA institutions.
5. Palestinian Legislative
Council: Both sides agreed to revive the Palestinian Legislative Council
(parliament) according to the Palestinian Basic Law.