Hamas rejected the a court decision to dissolve the Palestinian Legislative Council, considering that “the decision has no constitutional or legal value”, and stating that it is a political decision that “will not change the reality.”
It stated in a statement on Saturday that “the Constitutional Court’s formation is illegitimate, thus what is based on illegitimacy is illegitimate.”
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas pledged on Saturday to implement a court ruling and dissolve the parliament controlled by his rival Hamas movement, and called to hold legislative elections within six months.
Abbas’ announcement is the latest in a series of bitter splits and rivalries between his Fatah party and Hamas, which began in 2007 when Hamas routed his forces and took over Gaza, keeping his rule limited to parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
He accused Hamas of blocking Egyptian efforts to restore Palestinian unity, a charge Hamas vehemently denies. Abbas says the dissolution of the parliament aims to pressure Hamas into accepting proposals for national reconciliation.