Abbas says may call for Palestinian elections

Other News Materials 23 November 2008 16:15 (UTC +04:00)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday he would call for presidential and parliamentary elections if a reconciliation deal is not reached with rival Hamas by the end of this year, Reuters reported.

He told members of his Palestine Liberation Organisation that he would issue a presidential decree early next year but did not say when the elections would be held.

"If the dialogue with Hamas fails, early next year I will call for simultaneous presidential and parliamentary elections," Abbas said.