Fatah MPs boycott parliament
The Palestinian parliament has resumed meeting without Fatah lawmakers who boycotted the session. Fatah members of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) said they would boycott parliament until the Supreme Court resolved a dispute between Hamas and Fatah. The dispute arose after the new Hamas dominated PLC voted to revoke resolutions passed by the outgoing Fatah dominated PLC in its last session, including those that were to give Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, greater powers.

Al-Tayeb Abd al-Rahim, the director of the president's office, accused Hamas of attempting a coup against Abbas. The leader of Fatah bloc in the PLC said Fatah would take the matter to the Supreme Court. Tuesday's session was the last before the PLC went on recess for two weeks.
Posted by: Fred 2006-03-08