A Palestinian Fatah official who was evicted from Gaza by Hamas militants says there must be a power sharing deal to heal the rift between the rival factions.
Mohammed Dahlan is blamed by many for the minimal resistance Fatah put up during the bloody Hamas takeover of Gaza in 2007.
He now lives in the West Bank and was chosen earlier this month to the top body of Fatah — the movement headed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Dahlan said on Sunday that the "Palestinian political order is based on two main factions" and that Fatah and Hamas must reconcile to spur Mideast peace efforts.
The split between Gaza's Hamas rulers and Fatah's regime in the West Bank is seen as an obstacle to a peace deal with Israel.