Mahmoud Abbas and Ismail Haniyeh
Ismail Haniyeh and Mahmoud Abbas, March 2007. Photo by AP
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Fatah and Hamas have agreed that the next Palestinian government will be located in the Gaza Strip, and hence the next head of the Palestinian government will be from Gaza, an adviser to Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said on Saturday.

Ahmed Yousef summarized the political program of all Palestinian factions which he said is the establishment of a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with its capital in Jerusalem.

Yousef added that Hamas would support Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' efforts to receive full membership for Palestine at United Nations institutions.

According to Yousef, Abbas is expected to visit Gaza in the near future.

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On Wednesday, Abbas will meet in Cairo with Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Meshal. In that meeting, the two leaders will likely determine the identity of the prime minister for an interim Palestinian government as well as the process for holding parliamentary and presidential elections in May 2012.

Meanwhile, current Palestinian Authority Prime Minsister Salam Fayyad wrote on his Facebook page that he will not impose himself on the Palestinian people. He called on all Palestinian factions and forces to agree on the identity of a new prime minister.

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