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Hamas blames Abbas in stalemate over PLO reform

Reform of the Palestine Liberation Organization remains at an impasse among the various Palestinian factions as pressure builds against Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas leaves the hospital in the West Bank city of Ramallah, October 6, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman - RTSR22E
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Palestinian street is currently preoccupied with the issue of reforming the Palestine Liberation Organization, one of the main points stipulated in all the Palestinian reconciliation agreements that both Fatah and Hamas accepted. The PLO, which was founded in 1964, is considered the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people domestically and abroad.

The latest reconciliation agreement, which was sealed in April 2014 and is known as the Beach Refugee Camp Agreement, calls for establishing a Temporary Leadership Framework for the PLO within five weeks of the signing of the agreement. The framework would facilitate discussion of ways to reform the PLO and its mechanisms and prepare for the elections of the Palestinian National Council (PNC), the legislative body of the PLO. However, the framework has yet to be enacted.

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