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Hamas Talks of Possibly Forming Government

The militant Islamic Hamas group spoke openly for the first time Saturday about the possibility of forming the next Palestinian government after this month’s parliamentary elections. Hamas is expected to deliver a major drubbing to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party, which has dominated Palestinian politics for four decades. But Hamas has never directly said it might agree to form a government. During a campaign visit to families of people killed or taken prisoner in the past five years of conflict with Israel, Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar was asked if the atmosphere were ripe for Hamas to form a government that would not deal with Israel, Hamas reported on its Web site. Full Story

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