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Hamas: Unity govt to be unveiled in days
Published Sunday 18/05/2014 (updated) 22/05/2014 09:49
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Palestinians shout slogans and wave their national flag during a
demonstration supporting a new attempt to reconcile the militant
Islamist movement Hamas and the PLO in Gaza City on May 14, 2014
(AFP/File Mahmud Hams)
GAZA CITY (AFP) -- A new Palestinian "consensus government" to be named by the PLO and Hamas is to be finalized within days, a senior official in the Islamist movement said Sunday.

Bassem Naim, an adviser to Hamas' premier for the Gaza Strip, Ismail Haniyeh, said a senior member of President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement, which dominates the PLO, would meet with Hamas officials in Gaza this week to conclude negotiations.

Azzam al-Ahmad is "arriving in Gaza on Wednesday and Thursday to meet with the Hamas reconciliation delegation to hold consultations," Naim told AFP.

"We expect the government to be announced by (Abbas) early the following week," he said, and will then be presented to the Palestinian parliament for a vote of confidence.

Hamas signed a reconciliation deal last month with the PLO in a surprise move which aims to overcome a years-long intra-Palestinian split.

Hamas has dominated the Palestinian parliament since winning a landslide victory in the last parliamentary election, held in 2006.

But the US and Europe have since backed the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority under Abbas and boycotted the Islamist movement, which advocates armed conflict with Israel.

Under their April 23 reconciliation deal, the two sides are to form an "independent government" of technocrats, headed by Abbas, paving the way for long-delayed elections.

Representatives from the rival factions have held several rounds of talks to heal the bad blood since Hamas expelled Fatah from Gaza in a week of deadly clashes in 2007.

The reconciliation deal has incensed Israel, putting the final nail in the coffin of faltering US-led peace talks between Israel and Abbas' administration.
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1 ) Ravi / Sri-Lanka
18/05/2014 20:02
It will all come as my Father would have said, "gornicht mit gornicht", ''nothing, absolutely nothing".

2 ) Take It or Leave It / Choice
18/05/2014 21:17
1- If "a new Palestinian consensus government" does Not renew talks with the State of Israel, and then make the required compromises on borders (Not 1967), capitals (Not E. Jerusalem), and refugees (Not returning), 2- Then a "new Palestinian" State will Not be created, and 3- Talks can only be renewed unconditionally, without any Palestinian "settlement" or border demands, and 4- The Option to "Take It (above) Or Leave It" (statehood) will forever remain The Only Palestinian Choice !!!!

3 ) Two Obvious / Realities
18/05/2014 22:41
-1- With Israel Geographically dividing Hamas' Gaza Strip from the PLO's Areas A/B of the West Bank, there Can be No Real Unity, and -2- Without Peace talks concluded with Israel (which means No Preconditions & Many Compromises) There can be No Palestinian State !!

4 ) red / USA
19/05/2014 04:07
No peace deal and no further prospects; all must unite to follow the way of Hamas to final victory!

5 ) Tom / USA
19/05/2014 22:22
Who needs a Palestinian state? One person, one vote, one state from the river to the sea. The Jewish minority already rules the area. Now it's time for democracy with equal rights for all.
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