Abbas may be in office, but he is in office illegally.
This issue came up last year because in January 2009, Abbas's 4 year term ended. At the time, he argued that he should retain control for an extra year based on a technicality that the presidential and parliamentary elections are supposed to take place at the same time. Hamas of course did not agree.
I blogged about the issue last May and noted that Hamas might very well have the law on their side:
If the Palestinian Arabs cannot even uphold their own basic law, how are they going to uphold a peace agreement with Israel?
In any case, the Obama Administration is quiet on this point, ignoring the fact that negotiating with a man who is not really in office is--as is the man himself--lame.
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