Hamas considering Arafat proposal to join cabinet

Published June 2nd, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

Yasser Arafat has offered Cabinet posts to Hamas and other opposition groups as part of a government reshuffle he intends to declare in coming days, Palestinians said Sunday. 

 

While three other groups have rejected the Palestinian leader's offer, saying they do not wish to belong to a government that is willing to negotiate with Israel, Hamas is still weighing the proposal, the movement disclosed. 

 

"We are still consulting with our colleagues inside and outside the homeland and our final response will be declared before the end of this week," Hamas spokesman Ismail Hania said of Arafat's proposal, according to AP

 

It was not clear how many or which posts Hamas would receive. "President Arafat is conducting serious and intensive consultations with Palestinian factions and academics in order to establish a new government," said Ahmed Qureia, the speaker of parliament. "We hope the Palestinian Authority will declare the new government very soon." 

 

The Islamic Jihad and two secular leftist groups — the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine — have declared their refusal to be in the government following offers by Arafat. (Albawaba.com) 

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