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Fatah responds to Dweik's statement on president's position

June 26, 2018 4:36 P.M. (Updated: July 3, 2018 3:48 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian legislative council member of the Hamas movement Aziz Dweik stated on Monday that if the Palestinian Authority disregards the Palestinian Constitution and Basic Law, it would be causing chaos in the Palestinian community.

Dweik’s statement to the Sama News Agency came after Palestinian proposals to replace the Palestinian Legislative Council with the Central Council.

Dweik added that in the case of the Palestinian President being unable to carry out his duties due to multiple reasons, Dweik would be responsible of the presidential duties in accordance with the constitution and law as the constitution states that head of the legislative council would be in charge in such case.

Spokesperson of the Fatah Movement, Usama al-Qawasmi, responded to Dweik’s statement saying that Dweik is a member not head of the council, as the body had not met since 2007 when it has essentially been defunct after internal friction ended in a split between the leading Palestinian parties Fatah and Hamas.

Several Palestinian officials and leaders condemned Dweik’s statement on Tuesday during separate interviews with the PA-official Voice of Palestine radio station.

The President’s adviser on religious and Islamic affairs and the supreme judge of Palestine, Mahmoud al-Habbash, described Dweik’s statement as “ridiculous.”

Al-Habbash pointed out that Dweik’s statement is “stirring strife" in the Palestinian community.

Since Hamas won parliamentary elections in 2006, the Palestinian Legislative Council has not convened in Ramallah, meaning that Abbas, who extended his presidency indefinitely in 2009, has been ruling solely by decree for a decade.
Hamas and the Fatah-led PA have been embroiled in a more than a decade-long conflict since 2006, when Hamas won Palestinian legislative elections and a bloody conflict between the two groups broke out.

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