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Hamas: If Abbas asks Fayyad to form new transitional government, dialogue is over
Date: 09 / 04 / 2009 Time: 12:50
Gaza - Ma'an - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' plan to ask Salam Fayyad to form a transitional government will "abort all conciliation and unity attempts," said Hamas spokesperson Ismail Radwan on Thursday.
The Jerusalem-based Al-Manar daily newspaper had quoted Palestinian sources as saying that Abbas intends to ask Salam Fayyad to form a new transitional government on 14 April.
But Yaser Abed Rabu, secretary general of the PLO's Executive Committee, denied reports that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas intends to ask Fayyad to form a new transitional government.
Rabu told Ma'an that "these reports are baseless; the issue was not presented or discussed," adding that "the recent government will stay as long as the president does not accept its resignation."
Fayyad, according to Al-Manar, would have to set up his government within 48 hours. Rumors said the government would need 24 ministers including seven who had never been ministers before, and six of the current ministers would remain in office.
"If this news is true, Hamas will refuse any forestallment of Palestinian dialogue results, and considers the plan an attempt to thwart efforts to achieve unity," Radwan told Ma'an.
Secretary of the PLO executive committee Yasser Abd Rabbo, however, denied the rumor. He said the issue has not been brought up and that Fayyad is still the Prime Minister of the Caretaker government since Abbas did not accept his resignation.
Nonetheless, Radwan still warned that a transitional government formed by Fayyad would be illegitimate "because the PLC would not approve it." He reiterated that Palestinian unity will only come from the Palestinian people and not international opinion.
***Updated 18:44 Bethlehem time