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DFLP warns of deepening divide between West Bank, Gaza

July 5, 2015 7:15 P.M. (Updated: July 6, 2015 5:07 P.M.)

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) warned Sunday that a new unity government formed without the support of all Palestinian factions would deepen the divide between the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

A spokesperson for the Palestinian faction said that the unity government was facing a serious political crisis that only a new government comprising all Palestinian factions would be able to solve.

He said that a cabinet reshuffle currently being carried out within the current government was not enough, and urged Hamas to think wisely about its preconditions for a new unity government rather complicating the already difficult situation.

The DFLP comments mirrored those made by other Palestinian factions who have condemned recent unilateral moves by the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) to form a new unity government.

While DFLP is a PLO member, the party's concerns rise as Hamas has never been party to the PLO and holds longstanding divisions with the PLO's dominant party Fatah.

The unity government, consisting of politically independent technocrats, was officially formed in June 2014 in a bid to end ongoing controversies between the two parties.

A year on, however, the political landscape remains deeply divided and the unity government has been unable to operate in the Hamas-dominated Gaza Strip.

Last week the PLO-appointed a committee to consult Palestinian factions on forming a new unity government, after the current government proved incapable of overcoming divisive issues.

However, Hamas has since said that the PLO is the wrong body to be forming a government, and the consultations have yielded little consensus.

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