PPP: All Palestinian factions involved in forming unity govt
Published Saturday 17/05/2014 (updated) 18/05/2014 17:01
Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and senior Fatah official Azzam
al-Ahmad sign a reconciliation deal in Gaza City on April 23, 2014
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.