Senior Palestinian officials from 14 factions arrive in Cairo for negotiations to determine the regulations for the scheduled Palestinian elections.
“We are at a turning point in the Palestinian struggle,” pledges Hamas leader Khalil al-Hayya to Hamas-linked Safa News.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas issued a decree in mid-January ordering three successive rounds of Palestinian national elections, the first in nearly 15 years. The first round of elections — for the currently defunct Palestinian legislature — is set to be held on May 22.
Observers are skeptical that elections will happen, as several previous election announcements have fallen through.