Abbas wants gov't of "experts" to replace Hamas

October 17, 2006 22:46

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said Tuesday that he was "seriously considering" forming a government made up of independent "experts," if contacts with Hamas on creating a unity government come to nought. Abbas said he would decide "very soon" whether he will take such a step. The chairman added that a popular referendum on the future of the Hamas-led government may also be needed. Abbas said he did not intend to impose a technocratic government on Hamas, and that an agreement would have to be reached on how long such a government would remain in power. Responding to Abbas' comments, Hamas said that a broad unity government was the best solution to end the crisis in the PA.

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