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Palestinian PM resigns

Posted by valecardia su 7 marzo, 2009

THE NATIONAL

Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad has resigned from his post to pave the way for the formation of a national unity government, his office said today.

“Prime minister Salam Fayyad has submitted his resignation from the government of president Mahmud Abbas. This resignation will take effect following the formation of a national consensus government by the end of this month,” the statement said.

 

Mr Fayyad, a politically independent former World Bank economist, was appointed prime minister following the Hamas movement’s takeover of the Gaza Strip in June 2007, which cleaved the Palestinians into two hostile camps.

The two sides met with other Palestinian factions in Cairo on Feb 26 to launch a reconciliation process aimed at forming a national unity government in the wake of Israel’s massive offensive against Gaza at the turn of the year.

 

They agreed to form five committees to oversee the creation of a government that would supervise Gaza reconstruction efforts and prepare for fresh presidential and parliamentary elections in January 2010.

“We consider that the positive climate seen in the first round of dialogue offers an opportunity that has to be exploited to put an end to divisions and as a basis on which to reach unity and reconciliation,” Mr Fayyad’s office said.

 

However the European Union and the United States continue to blacklist Hamas as a terrorist organisation and in the past have boycotted any Palestinian government that includes the group, which is sworn to Israel’s destruction.

Hamas, which won an upset victory in parliamentary elections in 2006, never recognised the independent Fayyad-led government appointed after its takeover of Gaza.

“Hamas is not sorry to see the resignation of Fayyad and his government,” Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhum said.

Last Updated: March 07. 2009 2:11PM UAE / March 7. 2009 10:11AM GMT

http://www.thenational.ae/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090307/FOREIGN/709836711/1011

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