'Illegal .. Immoral'
Islamic Hamas movement on Thursday (August 27) said the session that the Palestinian National Council (PNC) held in the West Bank city of Ramallah was "illegal and immoral." "What the PNC discharged betrays the Palestinian understandings," said Salah al-Bardaweel, a Hamas lawmaker, adding that "everything resulted from the meeting is invalid." The PNC, the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO)'s parliament, convened and appointed six members to the vacant seats of the organization's executive committee. The PLO represents most of the Palestinian factions except Islamic Hamas movement, which controls the Gaza Strip, and the less-influential Islamic Jihad. Hamas, which won the parliamentary elections in 2006, is in the middle of Egyptian-sponsored talks with Fatah to get its share in the PLO. Hamas says the PLO and the PNC files are put on the agenda of Egyptian-sponsored national dialogue which aims at reconciling Hamas and Fatah under a unified government. (Reference for text: Xinhua. Photo: ENA/file)