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Leftist factions: Fatah, Hamas not consulting others on unity govt

May 20, 2014 10:13 P.M. (Updated: May 21, 2014 10:55 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Leftist Palestinian factions say they are seriously concerned about the latest unity deal as Fatah and Hamas have not involved them in ongoing consultations to form a government.

The expected national consensus government could become “a government for managing the Hamas-Fatah disagreement,” according to leftist officials.

Speaking to Ma’an, an official in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine said that Palestinian nationalist factions were not consulted at all, but asked only to submit names of candidates for portfolios in the upcoming unity government.

They were told that President Mahmoud Abbas would select the cabinet ministers from the suggested names, added Kayid al-Ghoul.

“There is a difference between consultations in the sense of maintaining national partnership and between submitting names of candidates,” he added.

Similarly, Talal Abu Tharifa, a senior official in the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, said consultations to form a unity government weren’t based on principles of partnership.

“Consultations are still restricted to Fatah and Hamas just like previous bilateral agreements which led both parties to nothing but conflicts,” Abu Tharifa said.

The DFLP, added Abu Tharifa, has submitted a list of independent technocrats hoping they will be taken into account.

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