"Hamas must change" - Swedish foreign minister
The Local · 26 Jan 2006, 16:27
Published: 26 Jan 2006 16:27 GMT+01:00
"Hamas must radically change its policies, otherwise Sweden and the EU will not be able to cooperate with a future Palestinian government in which Hamas will have a dominant position," Foreign Minister Laila Freivalds told Swedish radio.
"The EU cannot cooperate with a regime which doesn't distance itself from violence and which does not recognize Israel's right to exist," she said.
The full results of the election will not be announced until Thursday evening, but Hamas appears to have secured up to 75 of the parliament's 132 seats.
A senior official for the ruling Fatah party conceded defeat, and Palestinian prime minister Ahmed Qorei subsequently announced his resignation, saying Hamas must form the next government.