Hamas lawmakers: Abbas presidential term ends on January

Other News Materials 6 October 2008 19:33 (UTC +04:00)

The Hamas-dominated Palestinian parliament passed a resolution Monday, saying the radical Islamic movement ruling Gaza will no longer recognize Mahmoud Abbas as the legitimate Palestinian president after his four-year term ends in January, reported dpa.

If Abbas fails to call new presidential elections before his term ends on January 8, Hamas will have one of its own members replace Abbas and fill the post of acting president, the movement warned.

This could legally be Parliament Speaker Aziz Dweik, or - since the Hamas legislator is one of many jailed by Israel - Deputy Speaker Ahmad Bahar, the head of the parliament's legal committee, Faraj al-Ghould said Monday.