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July 2, 2012 7:30 am

Hamas Stops Voter Registration in Gaza

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Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal. Photo: wiki commons.

Chicago Tribune/Reuters – Hamas suspended voter registration in the Gaza Strip on Monday in a setback to Palestinian plans for parliamentary and presidential elections and to forging unity with President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement.

Hamas, the Islamist group that seized the enclave from Fatah forces in 2007, cited the continued arrest of its members in the West Bank by security forces of the Palestinian Authority, which is led by Abbas.

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