Hamas says PNA holds allowances for Hamas lawmakers' offices

08:11, April 19, 2010      

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A Hamas lawmaker on Sunday accused the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) of stopping payment of allowances to Islamic legislators in the West Bank.

The PNA pays to the offices of all blocs in the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) but has stopped paying for the Change and Reform bloc's offices since December, said Omar Abdul-Razek, a Hamas PLC member.

Hamas won the Palestinian legislative elections in 2006, but the parliament has been idle since Hamas fought forces loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas, ousted his Fatah movement and seized control of Gaza Strip in June 2007.

Abdul-Razek demanded that paying the allowances resume quickly.

Parliamentary elections had been planned to be held in January 2010, but failed to happen owing to the political split between Gaza Strip and the West Bank and Hamas' refusal to hold polls under that situation.



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