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Hamas vows to convene parl't despite lawmakers absence
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11:03, November 04, 2007

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The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), majority party in the Palestinian parliament, promised on Saturday to convene the parliament despite the absence of the lawmakers jailed in Israel.

"The session will be held in the coming two weeks and the quorum will be met through authorization letters given by the kidnapped legislators to their colleagues to represent them," said Khalil al-Haya, chief of Hamas' parliamentary bloc, the largest party at the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC).

Al-Haya's remarks may provoke its rival Fatah movement, which considers the authorization illegal as it is a blank in the Palestinian basic law.

The current PLC has not convened since June of 2006, when Israel detained about 40 Hamas lawmakers from the West Bank in retaliation for a cross-border raid led by Hamas on an Israeli army post which led to the capture of an Israeli soldier.

Even before this, the council has seldom met because of the differences between Hamas and Fatah, the second largest parliamentary bloc led by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Source: Xinhua

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