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Hamas Asks to Meet With Palestinian President Abbas


A senior Hamas leader says he has asked Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to meet within two days to discuss the formation of the next government, after the Islamic militant group's sweeping election victory.

Ismail Haniyeh, who headed Hamas' list of parliamentary candidates, said he spoke to Mr. Abbas by telephone Friday,

Hamas captured 76 of the 132 seats in Wednesday's parliamentary elections.

Israeli acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Thursday Israel will not negotiate with a Palestinian government that includes Hamas, which has called for the destruction of the Jewish state.

In Washington, President Bush said he does not believe Hamas can be a part of the peace process while it still has an armed wing.

In Asia, several governments urged Hamas to renounce violence, while hardline Muslim groups hailed the result as a reward for decades of armed resistance against Israel.
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