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Hamas official: No dispute over Abbas heading unity govt
Published Wednesday 23/01/2013 (updated) 24/01/2013 19:25
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- There is no disagreement within Hamas about Mahmoud Abbas heading a unity government to be formed later this month, deputy head of Hamas politburo Mousa Abu Marzouq said Tuesday.

"We have agreed to the next government, headed by President Abbas, but the process of its formation and the selection of its members will be discussed further, because we all want a government that supports and strengthens reconciliation," Abu Marzouq said during an interview with Palestine TV.

"We want the incoming government to work on re-constructing the Gaza Strip, and to carry out all issues agreed between Fatah and Hamas," he added.

Internal Hamas elections have been delayed for technical reasons, Abu Marzouq said, adding that there are no internal disputes. Elections were expected at the end of last year, a Hamas official said in December, with Hamas' chief-in-exile Khaled Mashaal stating that he would not run for re-election as leader of the Islamist movement.

Last week, President Mahmoud Abbas and Mashaal agreed to set a timetable to implement their parties' reconciliation deal during a Cairo meeting, Fatah official Yahya Rabah said, adding that they set a Jan. 30 deadline for forming the unity government, which will be headed by Abbas.

The new government will be comprised of technocrats and dignitaries not affiliated to any political party. It will serve for an interim period to supervise parliamentary and presidential elections and oversee administrative procedures.

Factional infighting split Palestine into separate governments in Gaza and the West Bank in 2007. National elections and parliamentary approval of legislation have been on hold ever since.
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1 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
24/01/2013 01:58
So Mousa Abu Marzouq says there are no internal disputes in or between Hamas and Fatah, right ??? ... and they want to (again) start out with an interim "unity" government composed of people who are affiliated with neither Hamas, Fatah or other political party, right ??? ... So someone explain to me how in the hell this transition government will function without the approval of both Hamas AND Fatah, the 2 dominant political parties that must reconcile ??? ... Answer: When Abbas keeps kosher.

2 ) Donna McRoy / United States
24/01/2013 06:42
The article was clear and concise. It sounds to me that there is a meeting of the minds with regards to Gaza, the Hamas, Pres Abbas. They have a workable plan with targeted dates to reach their goals. I commend them for their efforts thus far. I would like to say that logistically speaking, wouldn't it make better sense to acquire land bordering Gaza thus creating territories of Gaza? All Palestinians would then be in close proximity to the capitol of Palestine.

3 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
24/01/2013 16:31
@ 2), No, logistically-speaking or from any other angle, it wouldn't make a hill-of-beans better sense for Palestinians to acquire land bordering Gaza to create plural territories of Gaza and where in the hell do you think they would acquire it from ??? ... From US ??? ... You think we'd even CONSIDER giving them our land for more Gazan territories ??? ... and where do you think their capital is ??? ... We say it's Amman, Jordan/Palestine, period.
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