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Fayyad says 'ready to leave' for unity
Published Saturday 19/11/2011 (updated) 20/11/2011 18:21
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Salam Fayyad addresses a news conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has hit back at suggestions that he is non-democratic and an obstacle to reconciliation, in comments posted on his Facebook page late Friday.

Fayyad, who heads the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority based in Ramallah, has emerged as stumbling block to selecting a caretaker government jointly with Hamas, who reject his candidacy as premier.

"I am more than ready to leave respectfully," Fayyad posted on Facebook, vowing that he "will never be an obstacle or an element of instability since I am a responsible person and I care."

President and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas insists Fayyad lead the planned unity government despite Hamas' objections, but Fayyad has renounced his position holding up implementation of the reconciliation deal.

Fayyad was appointed prime minister of the Palestinian Authority by Abbas in 2007 but Hamas has never recognized him.

In his Facebook post, Fayyad angrily challenged unspecified accusations that he treats the post with entitlement.

"It is being said that I was like a de facto imposed on the Palestinian people in all governments and official positions I held," he wrote.

"Frankly speaking, this is offensive to the Palestinian people in the first place, and to the Palestinian factions, not to mention that it is insulting to me personally."

"I never said my performance was the best under all circumstances, but I say that we and others made contributions together," he added.

Fayyad said he was ready to leave his post as soon as he was asked to.

"I am proud I had contributions, but I don't claim I had more than that. However, this is nothing I hold fast to at all, under any circumstances."

Fayyad on Monday said he refused "to be used as a pretext for continuing the split" and called on all parties to agree on a new prime minister, in an interview with the Al-Quds newspaper.

Both parties agreed to form a caretaker government to prepare for fresh elections, as part of a reconciliation deal signed in May to end years of bitter hostility between Fatah, which leads the PA in the West Bank, and Hamas, which governs Gaza.

Abbas and exiled Hamas party chief Khalid Mashaal are scheduled to meet in Cairo at the end of November, in a renewed push to implement the May reconciliation agreement between their parties.

A Fatah official told Ma'an on Wednesday that Abbas would explain to Mashaal why he seeks to appoint Fayyad as prime minister in the caretaker government.
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1 ) firas / haifa,palestine
19/11/2011 11:44
"Fayyad posted on Facebook Friday, vowing that he "will never be an obstacle or an element of instability since I am a responsible person and I care."" that was directed towards the palestinians??

2 ) Nour / Palestine
19/11/2011 13:39
Ok, you can leave now. Thank you.

3 ) Ashraf / USA
19/11/2011 20:03
The nerve of this guy. He was appointed by the Americans to divide the Palestinians. When he ran in elections he received something like 3% of the vote. And his achievements were to quell the resistance and beg for money to keep west bankers quiet while Gaza was starved. real good guy.

4 ) pal / palestine
19/11/2011 21:48
Fayyad is a traitor, just as the rest of the fatah and plo

5 ) abu Emeth / usa
20/11/2011 00:01
th palestine papers revealed, salam fayyad was imposed on the palestinian people (in spite of his denials) by the us gov and the imf. in fact, it was fatah reps who algerian officials discovered stole 4 million dollars meant for pal people. pal papers clearly show israel/fatah collusion against pal resistance. yet, hopefully fatah has turned ovr a new leaf. us (aipac dominated) gov and foreign policy still opposes pal unity gov and any proposal that would promote even peaceful pal independence

6 ) ghada / palestine
20/11/2011 09:03
Why us palestinians have an enmity towards any person who is successful .... May be Fayyad is not what you expect but he is not a traitor. why Nour /Ashraf and Pal are harsh on him ????? You can critize him but not attack him ...... ????let us wait and see who will be appointed with hamas blessings .....do you think he will be able to handle what Fayyad did????wake up and smell the coffee.
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