Palestinian Public Opinion Polls No. 25
An-Najah National University/ Opinion Polls and Survey Studies Unit
President Mahmoud Abbas declared his intention to conduct early Presidential and Legislative elections after the wavering of the negotiations on the formation of a unity government. Prime Minister rejected the early elections dismissing the idea as an illegal move which is meant to bypass the people's choice. On the other side, the Executive Committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) advised Abbas to dissolve the current Government since it is incapable of running Palestinian affairs. In its attempt to uplift the international siege imposed on it, the Palestinian Government represented by the Prime Minister, ministers and PLC members paid visits to some Arab and Islamic countries. The congestion between the Presidential Institutions and the Prime Minister is reflected violently on the Palestinian streets; some bloody confrontations took place between Fateh and Hamas, especially in the Gaza Strip. Within the same frame, earnest efforts are currently paid to rescue the Palestinians from their crisis; some news leaked out on the possibility of reaching an agreement that would lead to the formation of a unity government and the distribution of the major portfolios between Fateh and Hamas. In another positive development, the Government held a meeting with the Trade Union which led to putting an end to the four-month old strike of the employees of the public sector.