maandag 14 februari 2011

Kabinet Palestijnse Autoriteit dient ontslag in bij Abbas; verkiezingen in september

Nadat Mubarak is opgestapt rommelt het ook bij de Palestijnen. De regering van de Palestijnse Autoriteit biedt haar ontslag aan en premier Fayyad zal een aantal nieuwe ministers benoemen. Ook komen er verkiezingen in september, maar Hamas heeft al aangekondigd die te boycotten.
Eigenlijk hadden er afgelopen jaar al verkiezingen moeten worden gehouden, maar die werden uitgesteld vanwege de onenigheid tussen Hamas en Fatah. Hamas meent nu nog steeds dat deze eerst moet worden opgelost. Dit is waarschijnlijk omdat men vreest te verliezen bij de verkiezingen, en bang is er dan zwakker voor te staan dan wanneer men onder de huidige verhoudingen een deal uitonderhandelt. Verkiezingen zijn echter voor de PA belangrijk, want nu heeft het geen echt mandaat om vergaande concessies aan Israel te doen. Uit de 'Palileaks' blijkt dat het volk daar sowieso niet klaar voor is, maar als de PA er in zou slagen de verkiezingen te winnen staat men duidelijk sterker. De aankondiging van een en ander staat zeker ook in verband met de gebeurtenissen in Egypte, en de PA wil zo tegenstanders de wind uit de zeilen nemen.

'PA cabinet to resign; Fayyad to select new ministers'

Reuters reports Palestinian Authority PM will choose new ministers at request of Abbas; "There will be massive change in the composition of the government," a political source says.

Ministers within the Palestinian Authority cabinet will offer their resignation on Monday in order to allow PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to choose new ministers at the request of PA President Mahmoud Abbas, according to a Reuters report citing political sources on Sunday.

Fayyad and other ministers within Abbas's cabinet have long called for the move. 

"There will be massive change in the composition of the government," a political source told Reuters. The PA cabinet was established in 1993 as part of interim peace deals with Israel.

"Dr. Fayyad will immediately start his discussion with the factions to form the cabinet," an additional sources said. "Some ministers will keep their portfolios."

Sixteen out of the available 24 posts in Fayyad's cabinet are currently filled. Two ministers have previously resigned and six are isolated in the Gaza Strip. Of the 16 who are currently serving, some face allegations of incompetence.
On Tuesday, the PA announced that it plans to hold municipal elections on July 9. It also announced on Saturday that it will hold elections for president and the parliament by September.

Hamas responded by declaring that it won't allow the vote to take place in Gaza.

In a statement published Saturday, Hamas said elections could only be held under "national accord," under which the the PA and Hamas agree to share control of Palestinian-ruled areas.

Erekat resigns as PA announces September elections

Chief peace negotiator steps down in response to Al-Jazeera leaks; Hamas says it will refuse to take part in elections in Gaza.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' chief peace negotiator, Saeb Erekat, announced his resignation on Saturday. The move came in response to damaging leaks by pan-Arab satellite television station Al-Jazeera that detailed some of the inner workings of previous peace negotiations.

Erekat told The Associated Press that an investigation determined that internal documents obtained by Al-Jazeera were leaked by someone from his office. "If there was any security failure in my office, then I am responsible. For that, I have resigned," he said.

Also on Saturday, Abbas aide Yasser Abed Rabbo announced that Palestinians will hold presidential and legislative elections by September. Abed Rabbo did not give a firm date for elections, but said the chief Palestinian decision-making body, the Palestine Liberation Organization, was already making preparations.

"We call on parties to put aside all of their differences and to focus on conducting the elections by September at the latest," he told a news conference.

Abed Rabbo spoke a day after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down in response to nearly three weeks of mass protests against his 30-year rule. The Egyptian protests and another successful revolt in Tunisia a month earlier have inspired calls for democratic reform throughout a region dominated by autocratic governments.

In Gaza, a Hamas official said Saturday that they would not allow elections in the coastal strip.

"Hamas will not participate or recognize or give any cover for this election and we consider this announcement a conspiracy against the Palestinian people," said spokesman Fawzi Barhoum. "Hamas believes in elections but elections can come only after (political) reconciliation.

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