Abbas: unity government will be formed soon

September 13, 2006 15:38


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Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday that a national unity government would be formed soon, though he did not give a timeframe. Speaking at a televised press conference, Abbas said that Hamas, which controls a majority of parliamentary seats, would retain the prime minister's job in the new government. The Islamic group wanted current premier Ismail Haniyeh to stay on in the post, Abbas said. Hamas and Fatah agreed to form the unity government Monday as part of an effort to end crippling sanctions imposed on the Palestinian Authority when Hamas took power in March. "We agreed on the outline and the main steps that the government will follow and we'll announce it soon," Abbas said. Abbas also said that the Palestinian delegation to the United Nations will seek to revive the long-stalled "road map" peace plan during the upcoming General Assembly meeting.

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