Days of Palestine – Gaza
Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas Chief, today, Sunday, called on the State of Qatar to participate in monitoring the Palestinian elections and to work with the international community to respect the election results.
This came in a letter sent by Haniyeh to the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, in which he expressed his appreciation for Qatar's stances towards the Palestinian people, and put it in the form of details related to the course and results of the Cairo dialogue as Qatar is one of the guarantors of the agreement alongside Egypt, Turkey, and Russia, according to a statement issued by the movement.
Haniyeh said that I am referring to Qatar's hoped-for role in these elections, represented in ensuring that the elections take place on the specified dates according to the presidential decree, and to guarantee their integrity and freedom in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
Haniyeh asked Qatar, through its relationship with the international community, to put pressure on the Israeli occupation not to obstruct the holding of elections or to interfere in the electoral process, especially in occupied Jerusalem.
He called on the State of Qatar to participate in monitoring the elections and to work with the international community to respect the election results, and not to repeat the post-2006 election stance in which the will of the Palestinian people was not respected.
In his message, Haniyeh affirmed "Hamas" commitment to implementing all that was agreed upon, and it will also work according to its national responsibility to provide the free and necessary environment for holding elections that express the civilized face of the Palestinian people, according to the statement.
Palestinian elections are scheduled to take place in three phases this year which are legislative on May 22, presidential on July 31, and elections to the National Council on August 31, according to the previous presidential decree.
The last Palestinian elections for the Legislative Council were held in early 2006, and resulted in Hamas winning a majority, while it was preceded by a year of presidential elections, in which Mahmoud Abbas won.