Meanwhile, the PLO's Executive Committee has accepted the reconciliation document and has given Abbas the go ahead to hold a referendum. Hamas has so far refused to accept the document, insisting that further changes must be made and has denounced the planned referendum as an effort by Abbas and his Fatah party to circumvent the legally elected government. Polls indicate that there is popular support for the document and that it would be approved in a referendum, and Fatah officials say that a successful referendum would bolster Abbas' legitimacy and give him more authority in negotiations with Israel. AP has more.
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