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News Analysis: Doha declaration a breakthrough greeted with doubts

By Emad Drimly (Xinhua)

10:58, February 07, 2012

RAMALLAH, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- Monday's Doha declaration, announced by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal, marks a long-awaited breakthrough on forming a Palestinian unity government, but has met with doubts about whether Abbas' Fatah party and Hamas movement will be committed to implement it.

The declaration was signed in Doha, Qatar, after three intensive meetings between Abbas and Meshaal over the past 24 hours. The deal ended a dispute between the two rivals on forming a transitional unity government, which is a major part in a reconciliation pact signed in Cairo in May 2011.

According to the declaration, Abbas will head the interim government, which will include independent ministers and will prepare for holding the presidential and legislative elections in the Palestinian territories and reconstructing the Gaza Strip.

However, some Palestinian observers said the declaration did not include specific dates for forming the interim government or for holding the general elections, nor did it achieve any substantial progress in the entire issue of reconciliation.

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