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Shaath: New government in 10 days

May 27, 2011 9:03 P.M. (Updated: May 29, 2011 10:22 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Senior Fatah official Nabil Shaath said Sunday that a transitional government would be formed within 10 days.

Shaath is in Gaza to push forward the recently signed reconciliation agreement between his party and Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian factions signed the deal earlier this month in Cairo and agreed to form an interim government of technocrats and non-partisan figures to prepare for national elections.

The transitional government will be formed within 10 days and will begin work reconstructing Gaza immediately, Shaath said, adding that Fatah was determined to maintain national unity.

President Mahmoud Abbas will visit the coastal enclave as soon as the new administration is in place, the Fatah central committee member added.

Shaath criticized US President Barack Obama's position on Palestinians' bid for UN recognition of statehood in September.

In his Mideast policy speech Thursday, Obama said the move "won't create an independent state."

The Fatah official said Obama was "trying to strip the Palestinians of their non-violent tools" by dismissing diplomatic attempts to secure Palestinian rights.

On Friday, Abbas told Reuters that Palestinians would go to the UN unless peace talks resumed.

The president refuted Obama's claim that the bid for statehood was an attempt to isolate Israel.

"Israel believes that if we go to the United Nations we will work to isolate it and delegitimize it," Abbas said.

"This is not at all possible because we do not want to isolate Israel or to delegitimize it. On the contrary, we want to co-exist with it," he added.
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