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article imageFatah and Hamas agree on foundations of national unity government

By Paul Iddon     May 27, 2014 in Politics
Fatah and Hamas have come to an agreement about how the new Palestinian unity government will be formed along with the technocratic ministers will be appointed. Elections are scheduled to transpire six months from now.
As Reuters writes these ministers will run the government until those elections.
Officials representing both parties in Gaza have said that the present Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to announce this after he chooses a religious affairs minister.
As previously reported here the Israeli government views reconciliation as proof that Abbas's Fatah doesn't seek peace with Israel since it has agreed to unify with the Hamas.
The reconciliation deal that paved the way toward the establishment of this coming unity government came in late April as the John Kerry-backed peace talks were falling asunder.
Hamas and Fatah have been split and administrated the respective Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip since 2007 when the two fought a brief civil war after Hamas won an electoral victory and subsequently purged the Gaza Strip of its Fatah opponents.
Now the two are taking solid steps toward reconciliation.
AP tells us that the Hamas government has, upon the conclusions of its last meeting, stated it is "ready to hand over full responsibility" to this new national unity government.
The Jerusalem Post says the military wing of Hamas will remain in place after this agreement.
In the southern Gaza town of Rafah Hamas' leader Ismail Haniyeh declared that, "Palestinian reconciliation aims to unite the Palestinian people against the prime enemy, the Zionist enemy. It aims to pursue the choice of resistance and steadfastness."
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