Hamas Will Join PLO

By Forward Staff

Published December 22, 2011.

Hamas is will join the Palestine Liberation Organization, in a move toward unifying Palestinian leadership. Since 2007, the Islamic militant group has controlled Gaza and its rival party, Fatah, has governed in the West Bank.

The Associated Press is reporting that Hamas leader Khaled Meshal will work with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, of Fatah, to prepare for elections to the PLO leadership — even though those elections may not take place for years.

The two parties have vowed to create a unified legislature, and parliamentary elections toward that end are slated for early next year.



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