Hamas will not nominate a candidate in the scheduled Palestinian presidential elections, senior Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzouq tells Al-Jazeera.
PA President Mahmoud Abbas issued a decree ordering the first Palestinian national elections in 15 years in mid-January.
Observers are skeptical that the elections will actually take place, as similar pledges have fallen through before.
The elections — should they come to pass — will happen in three rounds. First, national legislative elections have been set for May 22, a vote for the Palestinian Authority presidency is set for July 31, and elections for the Palestinian National Council on August 31.
Marzouq’s remarks are likely to come as a relief to aging Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas, who opinion polls indicate would lose in a head-to-head matchup with Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh.