Hamas: Neither Haniyeh nor Fayyad to run for PM

November 19, 2011 15:35

Neither Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh nor Fatah Prime Minister Salam Fayyad will run for prime minister in the next Palestinian elections, Hamas official Ahmed Yousef told the Ma'an news agency on Saturday.

"Ismail Haniyeh and Salam Fayyad were causes of disagreement in the previous stage, and so both will be exempted," Yousef said.In a post on his Facebook page on Friday, Fayyad wrote, "I am more than ready to leave respectfully," saying that he did not want to be an obstacle "since I am a responsible person and I care."

Praising Fayyad's decision, Yousef said, "Fayyad was subjected to an unjust defamation campaign, and part of it came from Fatah. He just added another element to his accomplishments when he willingly said he would not impose himself."

Yousef continued on to say that all the issues between the opposing Palestinian factions were resolved ahead of a meeting between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal.

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