Palestinian children take part in a summer camp organized by Hamas on June 3, 2014.(AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED ABED)
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Isolated in the region and facing a major economic crisis in Gaza, Hamas ceded power to gain breathing space and recuperate, and will remain in the background politically, analysts said.Gaza's Hamas government stepped down Monday after a new unity government took oath in Ramallah, the first fruits of a surprise April deal between the Islamist movement and the Western-backed PLO, dominated by the rival Fatah faction.Handing over power to a unity government of independents will allow Hamas to work in the background, away from the political limelight, while the PLO shoulders the responsibility of executive authority, experts say.It is unclear if a revived Hamas would then cooperate with the PLO, or if differences between them in domestic and foreign policy would dominate Palestinian politics.
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