DFLP: Unity government should be implemented as soon as possible
Published Saturday 26/04/2014 (updated) 06/05/2014 16:14
Azzam Al-Ahmed (L), a senior Fatah official and head of the Hamas
government Ismail Haniyeh (C) and deputy speaker of Palestinian
Parliament Ahmed Bahar attend a meeting in Gaza City April 22, 2014.
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine on Saturday called on Palestinian leaders to implement the agreed-upon unity government with Hamas as soon as possible.
During a conference in Gaza City, DFLP member Saleh Zeidan said that the unity government should be be formed within two weeks, not five weeks as stipulated by Hamas and PLO leaders.
Zeidan called on the Palestinian leadership to avoid the same pitfalls that led to the failure of previous Hamas-Fatah reconciliation attempts.
Additionally, he asked to the PLO to set a concrete date for presidential and legislative elections.
The Palestinian Islamic Jihad faction made similar comments Wednesday, saying that the five weeks was too long to wait for the implementation of the agreement.
"This period will give a chance for anyone who does not want reconciliation to be achieved to take negative steps that would hinder reconciliation," said senior Islamic Jihad leader Khalid al-Batsh.
On Wednesday, Palestinian officials announced that they had agreed to form a unity government within five weeks that would be headed by either President Mahmoud Abbas or former Deputy Prime Minister of the 2006 unity government Nasser al-Din al-Shaer, who is a member of Hamas. Elections are to be held within six months.
The division between Fatah and Hamas began in 2006, when Hamas won the Palestinian legislative elections.
In the following year, clashes erupted between Fatah and Hamas, leaving Hamas in control of the Strip and Fatah in control of parts of the occupied West Bank.
The groups have made failed attempts at national reconciliation for years, including two agreements -- one in Cairo and a subsequent one in Doha -- which have as of yet been entirely unimplemented.