Unity government moves forward with Palestinian minister's resignation
Rami Hamdallah offered his resignation this weekend, and his Hamas counterpart Ismail Haniyeh is expected to hand in his resignation in the upcoming days as well (Abbas Momani/AFP)
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Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has offered his resignation to make way for a unity government.
Hamdallah’s resignation came shortly after a landmark unity deal between the Palestinian factions of Hamas and Fatah.
A Hamas leader in the West Bank said the Gaza-based resistance movement is willing to make parallel sacrifices to show its seriousness about forming a unity government.
Hamas Prime Minister “Ismail Haniyeh is ready to hand in his resignation in Gaza,” Sheikh Hassan Yousef told Press TV.
“The wheel of unification is starting to turn and this is why the governments are now resigning in order to gather a technocratic government and work toward fair elections,” he stated.
The agreement between Hamas and Fatah to form a unity coalition infuriated Israel and prompted Tel Aviv to cancel the US-sponsored talks with the Palestinian Authority.
US President Barack Obama also criticized the move, saying that it was “unhelpful” towards the so-called peace negotiations.
However, Palestinians describe the resignations as part of a legal process for the formation of a unity government, saying that Israeli threats cannot force them to abandon the quest for a unified state of Palestine.
Palestinians prepare for the first national polls since Hamas won parliamentary elections in 2006.
This had led to a conflict between Hamas and Fatah, but now both sides say it is time to put aside their differences for the greater cause of the Palestinian state and international recognition.
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