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Abbas to start consultations on creating unity government

April 27, 2013 12:34 P.M. (Updated: May 5, 2013 10:34 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas will start consultations on Saturday to create a national unity government, the official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.

The move, according to Abbas, will be in line with the Doha declaration of principles and the timetable approved by the Palestinian leadership during meetings in Cairo on Feb. 8, 2013, dedicated to activating and developing the Palestine Liberation Organization.

He highlighted that participants in Cairo also agreed to set a date for presidential, parliamentary, and Palestinian National Council elections.

The PLO's Executive Committee reiterated the same principles in a recent meeting on April 18 in Ramallah, he added.

Abbas called upon all Palestinian factions and organizations to cooperate in order for him to issue two presidential decrees, one for the formation of a technocrat government, and one for setting a date for elections.

He noted that the Central Elections Commission has updated electoral registers both in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Sami Abu Zuhri, spokesman for Hamas, told AFP that "any government must be formed in accordance with the reconciliation agreement and in consultation and agreement with Hamas."

"There has been no consultation with Hamas on this matter so far," Abu Zuhri said, warning against "any unilateral steps".

AFP contributed to this report
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