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Fatah official: No disputes on unity govt

May 26, 2014 8:37 P.M. (Updated: May 28, 2014 11:03 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The head of the Fatah reconciliation team Azzam al-Ahmad said on Monday that there were no disputes on the formation of a unity government with Hamas.

Upon arriving in Gaza, he said: "I think this is the final meeting before forming the government. We were in contact, and the president discussed the government with all factions."

Al-Ahmad expected the government to be announced by the end of this week, describing the atmosphere around it as positive.

"I think the president is still insistent on choosing (current premier) Rami Hamdallah to form the government, and the announcement of the government will be made by the president from Ramallah," he added.

Last week, President Mahmoud Abbas informed Hamdallah that he had been chosen to head the consensus government.

Hamas had no objection to the appointment.

Several Palestinian political factions, such as the PFLP and DFLP, have said that they have been excluded from unity discussions.

The expected national consensus government could become "a government for managing the Hamas-Fatah disagreement," officials told Ma'an last week.

On April 23, Hamas and the PLO, dominated by Abbas' Fatah party, signed a surprise reconciliation deal aimed at forging a unified administration.

Under the deal, the two sides were to form an "independent government" of technocrats, headed by Abbas, paving the way for long-delayed elections.
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