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PPP: All Palestinian factions involved in forming unity govt
Published Saturday 17/05/2014 (updated) 18/05/2014 17:01
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Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and senior Fatah official Azzam
al-Ahmad sign a reconciliation deal in Gaza City on April 23, 2014
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- All Palestinian factions have been involved in talks to form a national unity government, the socialist Palestinian People's Party said Friday.

PPP Secretary-General Bassam al-Salihi told Ma'an that meetings discussing the formation of the unity government were "not restricted to Hamas and Fatah."

All factions are working to agree on a number of candidates to be leaders in the technocratic government, al-Salihi said.

He said a list of candidates would be submitted to President Mahmoud Abbas, who is set to be the interim prime minister of the unity government.

Abbas will give priority to the candidates recommended by the majority of factions, al-Salihi added. All cabinet members will be non-partisan technocrats.

On April 23, the Fatah-led PLO and Hamas announced a national unity deal to end seven years of political division between the largest two Palestinian parties, with a national unity government to be set in place within five weeks.

The groups have made failed attempts at national reconciliation for years, most recently in 2012, when they signed two agreements -- one in Cairo and a subsequent one in Doha -- which have as of yet been unimplemented.
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1 ) Mel / USA
18/05/2014 12:30
Bravo!They must turn talks into actions.A unity that functions at all levels.No squabbling over which techno's get top jobs,or who had jobs B4 the Israeli-manufactured 'Divide&Rule'.Mix old &young techno's.And experience with fresh minds(youth is majority).And Abbas has to decide what/who he "loves" more?Zionism,colonial shackles & fiefdom Ramallah?Or a free CONTIGUOUS PALESTINE?National unity,over everything else,is priority!'Equal Justice Under Law'is your right,Palestine.Implement it!

2 ) Tobias / USA
18/05/2014 23:01
Actually, I do not understand why anyone cares about "Unity", since with Israel Geographically dividing Hamas' Gaza Strip from the PLO's Areas A/B of the West Bank: [a] There Can be No Real Unity, and even with a "Unity on Paper", and [b] There can be No Palestinian State without Peace talks concluded with Israel, which requires that Palestinians first drop their Preconditions* to talks, and then make many Compromises* !! * Any Realistic person knows that these will never happen.

3 ) Bill / USA
19/05/2014 21:30
There is one faction, and and the biggest faction that is being left out and that is Israel. The new government of the Palestinians should and must integrate into Israeli society and become a united voice in "One State" with equal rights for all it's inhabitants. All the people in this small land are given the commandment to love one another as themselves. That means "ALL ONE ANOTHER" not just the people you like, but all people!
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