A seven-year-old rift between rival Palestinian factions ended Wednesday as officials from the Palestine Liberation Organization and Hamas agreed to form a unity government and call for new elections.
Members of both organizations announced the deal at a press conference in Gaza following two days of negotiations.
“We have made this Palestinian dream a reality whereby the rift has come to an end and we are reunited,” PLO official Azzam al-Ahmad said.
“We hope this will be a true beginning and a true partnership.”
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A meeting of Palestinian leaders in Gaza has reached a milestone reconciliation pact that will see rival Palestinian groups form a national consensus government in five weeks – after seven years of operating under separate administrations.
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