Abbas doesn't get approval to dissolve PA gov't

October 17, 2006 08:42

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas did not get the green light from the Fatah leadership to dissolve the Hamas-led PA government and establish a government consisting of Palestinian experts in its place, the London-Base Al-Hayat newspaper reported on Tuesday. The Fatah Central Committee was set to convene on Monday in Jordan but the meeting was cancelled at the last moment and an enraged Abbas returned to Ramallah after his proposal to dissolve PA Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh's government was rejected. Several sources reported that the Central Committee meeting was cancelled following disagreements over who should chair the committee and amid concerns that Israel was planning a full scale offensive in the Gaza Strip. The ultimatum set by Abbas for Hamas to agree to a unity government was due to expire later Tuesday.

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