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Hamas govt: Salafists can apply for official status

Oct. 13, 2012 11:05 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 17, 2012 10:10 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – The Hamas-run government in the Gaza Strip will not oppose the establishment of any new political party as long as the process is carried out according to Palestinian law, an interior ministry spokesman said Saturday.

Islam Shahwan asserted in a statement that freedom of expression and the right to establish political parties and other organizations is guaranteed for everybody.

Shahwan highlighted that the Hamas government asked founders of the Salafist new Al-Nur party to submit an official application to the ministry before they announce their party.

“We met today with the founders of the Salafist An-Nur party and briefed them about legal procedures they have to follow before they officially announce their party,” added Shahwan.

The Salafist movement in Gaza announced last Monday the creation of a new political party to be called An-Nur party (party of light). They said the party would begin officially operating on Thursday after a news conference to announce its creation. The party will work towards implementing Sharia law in order to improve people's lives, they added.
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