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Hamas agrees to join elections following brief delay

Hamas briefly postponed announcing its participation in the Palestinian legislative elections in what was likely a show of independence.
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As Palestinians awaited Hamas' official reaction to the proposed Palestinian legislative elections, the movement unexpectedly announced Nov. 26 that its response would be postponed in condemnation of the Palestinian Authority's treatment of former prisoners who staged a sit-in after their income was withheld for 11 months. The movement protested that the PA’s behavior violated the principle of freedom of opinion.

Most Palestinian factions have already responded to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' call for legislative elections.

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