Hamas lawmakers prevented from holding parliament session

Hamas lawmakers prevented from holding parliament session

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' West Bank- based administration Monday prevented a special parliamentary session - called by Hamas - from taking place, DPA reported.

The incident is seen as part of the ongoing power struggle between Abbas, of the secular Fatah party, and the Islamist movement ruling Gaza.

Staff at the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) Monday prevented some 31 Hamas lawmakers who had arrived at the complex from meeting in the plenary hall by keeping its doors locked.

They were thus unable to hold their session.

Speaking to reporters outside, PLC Speaker Aziz Dweik accused the Abbas administration of "obstructing reconciliation and parliamentary life by preventing the session from being held."

Dweik, of Hamas' Change and Reform Bloc, said he had called the extraordinary session to discuss Israel's February decision to include two ancient shrines in the occupied territories on a list of "national heritage sites."

He said the session was also supposed to discuss the ongoing attempt to reconcile Hamas and its rival Fatah.

The session was to be held through a video conference connection with parliament members in the Gaza Strip.

Abbas and his Fatah party, however, no longer recognize Dweik as parliament speaker. They argue that a new speaker must be elected every three years and that Hamas had refused a session to vote on a new speaker.

"We came here and found the doors to the hall where we were supposed to meet closed and the employees refused to open them saying they do not have orders from the president or other blocs to allow a session," Dweik said.

Dweik blamed other factions, mainly Fatah, the second largest bloc in the Hamas-dominated parliament, for obstructing the session.

Hamas members would hold the session at a different location and time, he vowed.

Parliament employees, for their part, accused Hamas of "seeking to start internal strife" by calling for what they termed an "illegal and unconstitutional session."

Security staff also kept journalists outside the compound's main gate.

The internal Palestinian power struggle erupted after Hamas won a landslide victory in elections held in January 2006, overthrowing Abbas' Fatah movement which had controlled Palestinian political life for more than 40 years.

But Fatah, with more than a third of the seats, has blocked Hamas from holding regular sessions since the elections.

The conflict peaked when Hamas militias overthrew Abbas' forces in Gaza in June 2007 to take actual control of the coastal strip. Abbas and his security forces remained in control of only the West Bank.

The deep differences between the rival camps this year prevented new presidential and legislative elections from taking place on their due date of January 24.

The Palestinian Central Council, an organ of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), which created the Palestinian Authority and its institutions, earlier this year extended the term of both the president and the parliament indefinitely, until new elections can be held.

Apart from Hamas' West Bank lawmakers, no members of other factions, including Fatah, arrived for the special session Monday.

Subscribe to Trend in Google News! Subscribe
Russia records another 65,109 coronavirus cases
Russia records another 65,109 coronavirus cases
Progress on iron foundry construction project in Kazakhstan unveiled
Progress on iron foundry construction project in Kazakhstan unveiled
Russia confirms over 63,200 COVID-19 daily cases
Russia confirms over 63,200 COVID-19 daily cases
Loading Bars
Burkina Faso army deposes president in West Africa's latest coup
Istanbul Airport suspends all flights amid heavy snowfall
India attends informal WTO meet to take stock of negotiations
Explosion kills 6 in southern Somalia
Country calmly to pass current heating period - Ukrainian president
Republic Day parade in India to showcase old, new era of Army
Georgia names main goods imported from Uzbekistan
Kyrgyzstan enters top 10 trade partners of Uzbekistan
Current situation in Ukraine is under control - Zelensky
Iran, Uzbekistan emphasize boosting customs cooperation
Gov’t to set up commission for project of Georgian cultural centre in Jordan
PM of Ukraine says no threats to functioning of national economy
Armenia sincerely wishes to normalize relations with Turkey - Nikol Pashinyan
Armenia ready to sign peace agreement with Azerbaijan - Pashinyan
Sudan security forces fire tear gas on protesters
Launch of Baku-Shusha bus route of particular importance for Shusha city - Special Representative of Azerbaijani President
Azerbaijan talks applications received by SMB Development Agency on creating business in liberated lands
Uzbekistan working to establish power supply in Tashkent region
Azerbaijan discloses annual turnover growth of E-PUL payment system for 2021
Price indexes of financial, construction sectors at Uzbek stock exchange fall
Toyota Caucasus becomes member of Business Association of Georgia
Azerbaijan shares data on number of vaccinated citizens
Azerbaijan confirms 757 more COVID-19 cases, 302 recoveries
Turkmen livestock complex in Akhal region names volume of production
Uzbek company reveals volume of exports to French Bonduelle
Bank of Georgia supports new tower construction in Tbilisi
Iran’s Bahar Azadi gold coin price continues to rise
Azerbaijan sees growth in local banks' total assets in 2021
Azerbaijan unveils number of businesses affected during second Karabakh war (PHOTO)
Azerbaijan's monetary base increases in 2021
Iran shares value of shrimp exports
Azerbaijan’s Small and Medium Business Development Agency discloses number of start-up certificates issued in 2021
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev sends congratulatory letter to chairperson of Organization of War, Labor and Armed Forces Veterans
Central Bank of Iran shares data on country’s foreign debts
Iran sees increase in liquidity
Azerbaijani Small & Medium Business Dev't Agency talks about its activities in 2021
Serbian deputy PM to visit Azerbaijan
EU regulator set to rule on Pfizer COVID pill by end-Jan, ahead of Merck
Kazakhstan records decrease in annual inflation in December 2021
Low-carbon transition pressures to accelerate in 2022
Iran unveils volume of electricity generated by Esfahan TPP
Capital of Iran’s Bank Mellat soars
Uzbekistan sees increase in newly created enterprises
IOM talks about areas of cooperation with Turkmenistan in 2022
Luxembourg’s SES S.A. continues steps within Kazakhstan’s state program foe economy dev't
Croatia to send three delegations to Azerbaijan
Luxembourg’s SES S.A. to launch satellites to boost internet speed in Kazakhstan
Labour migration from Turkey to Germany slightly increased in 2021
Iran shares data on production capacity of Petrochemical Special Economic Zone
Kazakhstan maintains positive trend in local consumer demand
Kazakhstan’s Samruk-Kazyna Fund preliminarily approves new procurement procedure
Georgia sees growth in residential property price index
Brazil's Embraer wins order for 20 aircraft from U.S. lessor Azorra
Judicial investigation of two Armenian citizens accused of terrorism completed in Azerbaijan
Russia records another 65,109 coronavirus cases
Azerbaijan's BTB Bank announces net profit for 2021
Georgia's hotels to see increase in demand – forecast
People wanted for grave crimes extradited to Azerbaijan - Prosecutor General
India’s imports from China soar to almost $100 bn, led by smartphones, machinery
Uzbekistan reveals structure of foreign trade turnover
Iran reveals COVID-19 data for January 24
Boeing invests $450 mln in flying taxi developer Wisk
Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation resuming local competitions
German group of companies to construct plant in Uzbekistan
Turkmenistan's Akhal Electric Power Station boosts output rate
Azerbaijani police calls on citizens coming to Shusha to observe security rules
Georgia to provide financial support to senior citizens - PM
India's Infosys confident about more offshoring opportunities
Azerbaijani Defence Minister meets with Finland's MFA delegation (PHOTO)
Turkmen multifilament yarn manufacturer exports to foreign markets
National Bank of Kazakhstan increases base rate
JPMorgan merges EU operations into single German business
Turkmen enterprise reveals output of glass sheets
Turkmenistan's State Bank for Foreign Economic Affairs opens tender for audit
TAP’s technical forward capacity by Jan.30
Azerbaijan - Georgia's top fuel, lubricant supplier in 2021
NEQSOL Holding delivered Strategic HR Business Partner Program for HR professionals
Physical gas flows, nominations at TAP’s interconnections
Progress on iron foundry construction project in Kazakhstan unveiled
Weekly review of Azerbaijani oil market
Georgia’s hazelnuts export value, volume grow
Iran seeks to increase economic ties with Iraq
Iran to put taxes on petrochemical exports revenues
SOCAR Turkey talks on demand for STAR Refinery products
Kazakhstan unveils trade data with its top partners in Americas
First passenger bus from Baku arrives in Azerbaijan’s liberated Shusha (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Electricity generation booming at Iran’s biggest thermal power plant
Azerbaijan to hold auction to place Unibank’s bonds on Baku Stock Exchange
Azerbaijani AFB Bank discloses net profit for 2021
Turkmengaz to purchase material and technical resources via tender
Uzbekistan to support new projects of food producers
Anil Agarwal to set up $10 bn fund to hunt for govt assets
Outbreak alert: members of Georgia's government test positive for COVID-19
Azerbaijan approves agreement on customs co-op with Saudi Arabia
Iran records surge in number of flights via Shahid Beheshti Airport
Visa regime between Azerbaijan and Qatar cancelled
Iran's handmade carpet production declines
Footage of Iranian Minister of Roads and Urban Development arriving in Fuzuli International Airport published (PHOTO)
Uzbekistan to build new power units at its Angren TPP
Georgia’s Batumi City Hall talks loan interest to be paid out to EBRD, KfW
All news