Abbas to call new elections if no coalition formed

October 8, 2006 16:09

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas plans to present the Hamas-led Cabinet with an ultimatum in the coming days to accept an agreement for a coalition government or head to early elections, an Abbas aide said Sunday. Abbas will present a new government headed by an independent to the Hamas-dominated parliament, which will likely vote it down, the aide said. He will then propose a second independent government and when that is voted down, he believes he will have proven that the deadlock is great enough to justify new elections, the aide continued.

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