Hamas spokesman denies contesting presidential polls

A Hamas spokesman on Tuesday denied reports that the Palestinian resistance group has decided to contest the upcoming presidential election.

A Hamas spokesman on Tuesday denied reports that the Palestinian resistance group has decided to contest the upcoming presidential election.

GAZA CITY – A Hamas spokesman on Tuesday denied reports that the Palestinian resistance group has decided to contest the upcoming presidential election.

"This is a major decision that must be thoroughly studied by Hamas leaders," Hossam Badran told Anadolu Agency from Doha.

Earlier Tuesday, Hamas leader Khalil al-Hayah said that the Islamist movement might contest the upcoming presidential election.

"We have decided to either nominate a Hamas member or support a national candidate in the presidential election," al-Hayah told the local Alkitab channel.

Rival Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation agreement last week to end seven years of division.

The deal stipulates the formation of a national unity government to pave the way for simultaneous presidential and parliamentary polls.

On Monday, senior Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouq said that the Palestinian movement has not yet decided whether or not it will participate in the presidential election.

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