Palestinian PM Qurei Steps Down, Hamas Wins

Hamas wins Palestinian Elections!
Prime Minister Qurei steps down!

Hamas backers celebrate with (what else?) guns!

Supporters of the radical Islamist movement Hamas celebrate the group’s victory on the Palestinian parliamentary elections at Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip. The British government, while awaiting final results of the Palestinian elections, is ready to business with Hamas group provided it drops terrorism, Prime Minister Tony Blair’s official spokesman said.(AFP/Said Khatib)

So, what are the odds that a terrorist group will discontinue the use of violence just because they won an election that will put them in power?

Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei has announced his resignation, saying Hamas must form the next government following the parliamentary elections.
It comes as the militant Islamic group appeared to be heading for a shock win.

With counting still under way, officials from the ruling Fatah party said Hamas had won a majority. Official results are due at 1900 (1700 GMT).

Israel, the US and the EU consider Hamas a terrorist group and have said they do not want to deal with it.

Mr Qurei has gone to see Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to hand in his formal resignation.

The US and EU say they will not deal with Hamas.

A senior leader and the head of Hamas list Ismail Haniyeh (R) receives congratulations in Gaza City January 26, 2006. Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurie resigned on Thursday after the Islamic militant group Hamas claimed victory over his ruling Fatah party in a parliamentary election, a senior official said. (REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah)

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