PA President Abbas with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Ho New)
Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly told members of his Fatah faction on Monday
that he plans to discuss Palestinian elections with Hamas leader Khaled
Mashaal when the two meet in Cairo later this month. However, Abbas said he would
not run for office again, London-based daily Al-Hayat reported.Abbas
reminded his fellow party members that he had warned them months ago about
upcoming elections, and reaffirmed that he will not run for reelection,
as he has said before, Al-Hayat reported.
for the PA presidency and the National Legislative Council will be held
in May, 2012, and Abbas asked the senior Fatah officials to make
serious preparations for the polls, according to the report.
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He urged the Fatah officials to agree upon another candidate.
The Fatah and Hamas leaders spoke on the telephone this week when
Mashaal called Abbas in order to wish him a happy Id al-Adha, Israel
Radio reported Monday.