Fatah denies request to postpone declaration of Palestinian government

15:14, June 07, 2011      

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A senior Fatah official on Monday denied reports that President Mahmoud Abbas' party asked rival Hamas movement to delay the formation of unity government until after September.

"We want to form the government of unity as quick as possible and President Abbas will start discussions with the factions soon, " Jamal Muhissen, a member of Fatah Central Committee, said.

Hamas and Fatah agreed to form the government during talks in Cairo. Early last month, they signed a deal to reconcile and end political split between the Hamas-controlled Gaza and the Fatah- ruled West Bank.

The discussions to form a government of independent technocrats took more than expected, Muhissen said, noting that Fatah and Hamas have not yet agreed on the time of the next session to discuss the formation of the government.

Mahmoud Zahar, a Gaza-based Hamas official, said on Sunday that Fatah wanted to postpone the declaration of the government until after September, noting that Fatah came under pressures for signing the agreement with Hamas.

Source: Xinhua
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