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Hamas to Present Abbas with Government Sunday


The Islamic militant group Hamas says it has formed its cabinet and will present the choices to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday.

Hamas, which won parliamentary elections in January, failed to get any other Palestinian faction to join the new government.

Hamas had planned to meet with Mr. Abbas Saturday. There is no word on why the plans were changed.

Mr. Abbas's Fatah Party has refused to join a Hamas-led government, saying the militant group must first renounce violence and accept past peace accords with Israel.

Mr. Abbas has to approve the cabinet, and his aides say he would accept the choices.

Hamas has claimed dozens of suicide attacks against Israeli targets in recent years. The United States, Israel and Europe classify the group as a terrorist organization.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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