Report: Fatah says Hamas split preventing unity gov't

February 13, 2012 22:33

Disagreement with the Hamas leadership over a reconciliation deal signed by leaders of Hamas and the Palestinian Authority in Qatar are stalling the formation of a unity government, senior Fatah member Nabil Sha'ath said Monday.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is waiting to hear confirmation from Hamas that they will stand behind an interim government under his premiership, Sha'ath told Palestinian news agency Ma'an.

In a open leadership split within Hamas arose over how far it should go in closing ranks with Fatah. Some leaders in Hamas have said it would be illegal for Abbas to become prime minister of an interim government while he is still president.

Sha'ath said he hoped that "Hamas does not make [the deal] an obstacle," adding that "we in Fatah will not use this as an excuse to stop working towards unity."

Sha'ath said that the leadership split in Hamas is an internal issue, and that Fatah would have "no role" in helping the Islamist group overcome its differences.

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