Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah (C) attends the first unity government meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah June 3, 2014. (REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman)
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West Bank-based Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah is to make his first visit to Gaza since 2015 on Monday, in a fresh attempt to reconcile with the Islamist movement Hamas which rules the Israeli-blockaded coastal enclave.The talks are intended to prepare for a transfer of power in the Gaza Strip from Hamas to Abbas's Palestinian Authority.Hamas and its rival Fatah, which dominates the Palestinian Authority, have both expressed confidence that the latest unity initiative will fare better than the failures of the past.But among many questions to be answered is the central issue of whether Hamas is really prepared to give up its Gaza security apparatus and share power with the PA.Hamas, blacklisted as a terrorist group by the European Union and the United States, won a landslide victory in 2006 Palestinian parliamentary elections.Hamas is now waiting for Abbas to revoke his sanctions.Other issues include the future of the tens of thousands of public officials hired by Hamas since 2007 .
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