Unity government moves forward with Palestinian minister's resignation

Published April 27th, 2014 - 05:56 GMT

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.

The rival factions reached an agreement that envisaged forming an independent government of technocrats within five weeks and holding elections six months later.

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.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that the Palestinians had to choose either peace or a government with a party wishing to see the destruction of Israel.

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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