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Hamas will not join unity govt without minister of prisoners
Published Monday 02/06/2014 (updated) 03/06/2014 15:23
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas will not agree to form a unity government that does not include a ministry and minister for prisoners' affairs, a spokesman said Monday.

Sami Abu Zuhri told Ma'an that Hamas has officially notified Fatah that the movement will not join a government that does not include a ministry of prisoners.

"Hamas movement won't agree to announce a unity government without a ministry and a minister of prisoners, and Fatah has already been notified of that irrevocable decision."

Abbas had earlier said that the ministry of prisoners would be replaced with an independent body, with other officials suggesting that the US could withdraw funding from the PA if the ministry was not dissolved.

The unity government is expected to be sworn in on Monday at 1 p.m. in the presidential headquarters in Ramallah.

An April 23 agreement between Hamas and the PLO paved the way for the formation of a government of national unity for the first time in seven years, but Israel has strongly opposed the deal on the basis that Hamas rejects its right to exist.

Abbas, however, has repeatedly pointed out that the national unity government will adhere to previous PA and PLO policies which recognize Israel.
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1 ) Mutassim / Palestine
02/06/2014 14:15
Maybe President Abbas could clarify why he thinks our prisoners do not deserve a Ministry of Prisoners Affairs & why anyone believes that US would withdraw funding because we care care about our POW's. They deserve the best, they are in prison because they care about Palestine. Lots of NGO's have written to the EU regarding the Administrative Detention of our prisoners as well. Our prisoners must be a priority, however they are looked after. Unity government is for all!!!

2 ) Carol / UK
03/06/2014 01:19
Abbas need to stand up for the Palestinians or let someone who will take over, there are more than 5200 illegally detained without any charge, not only Palestinians need a minister to look after them, Abbas should have made sure they're released and protected, enough is enough, Palestinians are NOT the world's disposables, we need someone who put the Palestinians 1st.

3 ) Observer / Palestine
03/06/2014 13:51
I just read that Hamas shined without a Ministry for Prisoners, but with a Prisoner's committee. What other country has a Ministry for Prisoners?
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