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Current Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad will not be part of the interim government formed by a united Hamas and Fatah, The New York Times reported on Thursday.
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Earlier, following a series of secret meetings in Cairo and Damascus over the past few weeks, Hamas and Fatah announced that they struck a deal to form a “national unity” government, and hold elections within a year.
The agreement, which has been hailed by both sides as “historic,” was reached under the auspices of Egypt’s Foreign Ministry and General Intelligence Force.
Representatives of the rival parties signed initial letters of an Egyptian-sponsored reconciliation agreement, said Izat Risheq, a member of the Hamas delegation that held talks in Cairo with Fatah officials.
He said Egypt would invite leaders of all Palestinian factions to attend the ceremony for the signing of the formal reconciliation agreement between PA President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal.
The Hamas delegation to the reconciliation talks was headed by Mashaal’s
deputy, Moussa Abu Marzouk, while the Fatah team was headed by Azzam
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Senior Hamas official and member of the Cairo delegation Mahmoud Zahar
said the accord called for the formation of an interim unity government
that would consist of “professional” figures, and reviving the work of
the Palestinian parliament, the Palestinian Legislative Council, which
has been paralyzed because of the Hamas-Fatah dispute.
The two parties have also agreed to release Hamas and Fatah prisoners
held in each others' jails and to the establishment of a joint security
committee, Zahar said.
Ahmed said the two sides had reached agreement on all points of
contention, including the make-up of the unity government, fixing a date
for presidential and parliamentary elections, and restructuring the
He said that next week, the Egyptians would summon representatives of
all Palestinian factions to Cairo to hear their responses to the
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