Report: Hamas agrees to join the PLO

On Tuesday, the factions reached an agreement on the formation of a central elections commission to prepare for presidential and parliamentary votes in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

However they failed to reach agreement on the establishment of a new Palestinian caretaker government that would be dominated by independent figures. As a result, the Palestinian factions, specifically Fatah and Hamas, agreed to postpone the discussions on the proposed government until the end of next month.

The agreements are the fruit of marathon discussions in Cairo between the Palestinian factions attempting to implement the Egyptian-brokered reconciliation agreement that was reached between Hamas and Fatah earlier this year.