Under the patronage of Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, the Palestinian factions, mainly Fatah and Hamas, began, on Monday, a national dialogue in Cairo that aims to end the internal division and prepares for the country’s first parliamentary and presidential elections since 2006.
Sources told Daily News Egypt that 15 Palestinian factions take part in the two-day talks.
Egypt’s hosting of intra-Palestinian reconciliation dialogue reflects the former’s keenness to support all attempts to unify Palestinian factions, the sources added.
They continued that the Palestinian National Dialogue aims to build a prosperous future for the country and overcome all differences between the national factions.
Cairo aims to ensure smooth Palestinian legislative and presidential elections on 22 May and 31 July, respectively, as well as the Palestinian National Council election on 31 August.
The talks also aim at addressing some controversial issues such as the powers of the constitutional court, the mechanism upon which the election court will be formed, and the preparations for the elections.
This will be the first legislative elections to take place in Palestine since 2006, and the first presidential vote since 2007.
Palestine has witnessed a political division when the Hamas movement illegally seized control of Gaza Strip, kicking out the ruling Fatah movement in 2007, and prevented any elections since then.