By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Monday that he is "keen" for a reconciliation with his Hamas rivals so that Palestinians can hold new elections by June 2010.
Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction and Hamas have been at odds since the terrorist group overran Gaza in June 2007. The move left Fatah only in control of the West Bank.
Egypt has been trying to broker a reconciliation deal between the sides that would include presidential and legislative elections next year.
Hamas rejected the deal in October, demanding it be amended to say the Palestinians may keep fighting Israel.
Abbas said he is ready to move forward with the vote "anytime Hamas" agrees to the deal. Abbas spoke after talks Monday with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman.
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