Palestinian PM-designate suggests forming unity gov't

08:56, March 07, 2011      

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Palestinian Prime minister Salam Fayyad Speaks during a special interview with Xinhua News Agency at his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah on March 6, 2011. (Xinhua/Fadi Arouri)

by Yang Yuanyuan, Fares Akram

Palestinian Prime Minister- designate Salam Fayyad said Sunday that after studying faults that led to the Palestinian division in 2007, he proposed to form a unity government which would include both Hamas and Fatah.

The unity government that comprised the Islamic Hamas movement and the Fatah party of Palestinian National Authority (PNA) President Mahmoud Abbas collapsed in June 2007 "due to the absence of a clear security vision," Fayyad said during an interview with Xinhua.

Regardless of political differences, Fayyad saw common ground between the West Bank-based government and Hamas in "refraining from violence," noting that this vision was difficult to include in previous governments in which Hamas was present as a result of its victory in 2006 parliamentary elections.

Since Hamas routed pro-Abbas forces and took over Gaza in 2007, it has been seeking a ceasefire with Israel. After Israeli military Operation Cast Lead in December 2008 and January 2009, Hamas has fully committed itself to truce, and forced smaller groups to abide by it as much as possible.
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