Palestinian unity government resigns
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas formed a unity government between his Fatah party and Hamas in an effort to heal rifts in between the two factions. (AFP/File)
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Abbas’ unity government of Palestine formed last year in an attempt to establish a working relationship between Hamas and the Fatah party resigned on Wednesday, AFP reported.
Nimr Hammad, an adviser to Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, told AFP that Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah “handed his resignation to Abbas and Abbas ordered him to form a new government."
Officials speaking to AFP said the dissolution of the unity government and been under discussion for several months because of the current cabinet’s ineffectiveness in Gaza, which is dominated by Hamas.
Meanwhile, sources said that the Hamas movement was holding separate talks with Israel in an effort to shore up an informal ceasefire agreement that was established last August, bringing the the 50-day war in Gaza to an end, AFP reported.
A PLO official told AFP the new government would likely consist of politicians rather than technocrats.