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| 22 November, 2017

Palestinian factions agree to hold general elections by end-2018 - statement

A Palestinian man has his finger stained with ink as he casts his ballot at a polling station during municipal elections in the West Bank village of Yatta, near Hebron May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad - RC188D311E10

A Palestinian man has his finger stained with ink as he casts his ballot at a polling station during municipal elections in the West Bank village of Yatta, near Hebron May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad - RC188D311E10

Ammar Awad - RC188D311E10

Palestinian factions have agreed to hold general elections by end-2018 after talks in Cairo spearheaded by rivals Hamas and Fatah

CAIRO - Palestinian factions have agreed to hold general elections by end-2018 after talks in Cairo spearheaded by rivals Hamas and Fatah, a joint statement by all the groups which took part said on Wednesday.

According to the statement, the factions deferred the choice of a final date for the elections to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the statement said.

(Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi; Writing by Nadine Awadalla; Editing by Catherine Evans) ((Nadine.Awadalla@thomsonreuters.com;))