Hamas rejects proposal by PM-designate for unity gov't

08:38, March 08, 2011      

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Palestinians take part in a protest calling for the national unity between Fatah and Hamas, in Gaza City on March 7, 2011. The Islamic Hamas movement on Monday rejected an initiative by Prime Minister-designate Salam Fayyad to form a Palestinian unity government. (Xinhua Photo)

The Islamic Hamas movement on Monday rejected an initiative by Prime Minister-designate Salam Fayyad to form a Palestinian unity government.

"Fayyad is not a component of the Palestinian national work, so he should not suggest such issues," Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, told Xinhua.

In an interview with Xinhua on Sunday, Fayyad suggested the formation of a unity government to rule the West Bank and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, and added that he does not necessarily lead that government.

Abu Zuhri said the internal political matter "can be discussed between the main powers in the Palestinian political spectrum," referring to the Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party.

Fayyad is not a Fatah member, and he ran in the 2006 parliamentary elections under the Third Way party, winning only two seats of the 132-seat Palestinian Legislative Council. The Hamas won 76 seats.

Fayyad suggested keeping the security ideology the Hamas implements in Gaza but letting one government rule the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

The Hamas has been seeking to enforce ceasefire with Israel since it took over Gaza by force in 2007.

Source: Xinhua

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