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Hamas rejects unilateral dissolution of Palestinian unity govt

June 17, 2015 1:22 P.M. (Updated: July 26, 2015 3:10 P.M.)
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during a meeting with Fatah's Revolutionary Council in Ramallah on June 16, 2015. (AFP/Abbas Momani)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Hamas rejected any unilateral dissolution of the Palestinian unity government on Wednesday, hours before Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah was expected to meet President Mahmoud Abbas to present his government’s resignation and discuss the formation of a new government.

The rejection comes as senior Fatah officials reported Tuesday night that Abbas announced during a Fatah council meeting that the government would be dissolved and entirely reformed.

"Hamas rejects any one-sided change in the government without the agreement of all parties," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told AFP.

"No one told us anything about any decision to change and no one consulted with us about any change in the unity government. Fatah acted on its own in all regards."

Governmental sources told Ma'an that Hamdallah is expected to be assigned to the task of forming a new government that would potentially include the Hamas movement and other PLO factions.

Spokesperson of the national consensus government Ihab Bseiso meanwhile denied reports by Israeli media that forming a new government would not include representatives of Hamas.

The move to dissolve the government would signal a fresh setback in efforts to reconcile Hamas-dominated Gaza and the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.

The Palestinian leadership in the West Bank and Gaza Strip have struggled to maintain a unity government pieced together in June 2014.

The move materialized after Fatah and Hamas announced a national unity deal a few months prior to end seven years of political division between the largest two Palestinian parties and pave the way for general elections which haven't been held since 2006.

Hamas has since blasted the PA for failing to follow through on promises to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, where civil servants haven't received salaries for nearly one year and much of the strip remains devastated from last summer's war.

Hamas, meanwhile, has reportedly been holding separate, indirect exchanges with Israel on ways to cement a long-term truce in the Gaza Strip.

AFP contributed to this report.

Comments
some one / some where
then you cry of independence and occupation and how effective is BDS
and those European idiot think oh your right is violated what did you do in last 45 years except steeling donation money and by vila or business in Europe
17/06/2015 20:13
Tibi / Tubas
- A "Palestinian split" will forever be a fact of life, since Israel will always exist, and separate Gaza from the West Bank, and it's sovereignty will also always separate the West Bank's North from the South, so
- Palestinians should seek 3 small realistic states, instead 1 fantasy !!
17/06/2015 20:25
@Tibi/dumbass / USA
get a life loser zio troll
18/06/2015 16:33
Tobias / USA
- A state of "Palestine" never had any lands, since it never existed,
and now it doesn't have a government either. However,
- Soon it will probably have two governments again, so
- The UN General Assembly should drop "Palestine" as a state, and replace it with Fatastan (Areas A-B) and Hamastan.
18/06/2015 18:04
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