PA finance minister warns of "second Somalia"

April 12, 2006 08:38

Palestinian Finance Minister Omar Abdel Razak warned on Wednesday that if the Hamas-led government were to fall the Palestinian Authority would turn into "a second Somalia". In an interview with the British The Times newspaper Razak said that there would be no calm in Israel if the current financial crisis continues and there would be terror attacks if PA wages were not paid. The finance minister asked Arab countries to grant them 120 million dollars a month to prevent the Palestinian government from collapsing. He said that Hamas had inherited a deficit of 1.2 billion dollars from the previous Fatah-led government.

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