Thursday, August 7, 2008

Hamas warns of opinion polls against it paving way for something illegal

"GAZA, (PIC)-- The Hamas Movement warned of opinion polls conducted by some suspicious institutions which give it low popularity rates versus the Fatah faction, considering such polls carefully planned to create public opinion and pave the way for doing something illegal.

This warning came after a company called the near east consulting group alleged that it carried out a survey of Palestinian public opinion following the recent events in Gaza showing that the majority of Palestinians prefer the strategy of Fatah to achieve the higher Palestinian interests.

Dr. Ismail Radwan, a Hamas spokesman, told the Quds Press that his Movement does not care for such polls because they are inaccurate and fabricated, recalling that the sweeping victory of Hamas in the last legislative elections proved the opposite of similar polls conducted in favor of Fatah then.

Dr. Radwan also pointed out that Hamas won most of the professional and vocational unions' elections in Gaza and the West Bank, adding that many leaders of the Palestinian factions admitted that there is no faction in the Palestinian arena able to mobilize the masses like Hamas.
The spokesman rhetorically questioned that since the popularity of PA chief Mahmoud Abbas is high as some polls allege, why does he not call for holding presidential elections on schedule in January rather than resorting to unconstitutional decisions to prolong his term in office? "

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