Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Possible unity government between Fatah and Hamas in Palestine

Palestinian officials said Tuesday that next week could provide a new unity government at a meeting between the president and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas and Khaled Meshaal, leader of Hamas. The leaders of both factions met for several hours in Cairo on Tuesday to discuss forming a new government, which Palestinians see as crucial to its efforts to seek statehood in September.

Palestinian officials said the talks coincided with the release of prisoners held by the two factions and made progress in forming a new government but had not yet agreed on a prime minister. "The name of the prime minister and the ministers will be announced to the people on Tuesday (next week)," said in an interview the second in charge of Hamas, Mousa Abu Marzook, who noted that Abbas and Meshaal would be in Cairo to announce the new government.

Rival factions pledged in April to form a new government of technocrats, consisting of ministers without party affiliations, to prepare for general elections within a year. Fatah nominated Salam Fayyad, a former World Bank member who heads the Palestinian government in Ramallah, for the post of prime minister, but Hamas rejected the nomination.

Fayyad's supporters say their recognition abroad is an advantage for the Palestinians to ensure the continued flow of international aid and the search for UN recognition of a State, which is expected in September. Israel has said that the reconciliation agreement, brokered in secret by Egypt, would not ensure peace in the Middle East and urged Abbas to reject Hamas.

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