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Hamas said on Wednesday that its representatives still haven’t reached agreement with Fatah over the identity of the prime minister who would head a Palestinian unity government.
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The announcement came one day after the two rival sides said that they have agreed on the make-up of the proposed unity government.
Hamas and Fatah negotiators who met in Cairo this week said that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal have been invited to Cairo next Tuesday to declare the establishment of the new government.
Quoting informed Egyptian sources, the Al-Jazeera TV network claimed
that the two parties agreed on who would head the unity government and
that his identity would be made public next week.
However, Hamas representative Salah Bardaweel said that although the
Cairo discussions were conducted in a “cordial and positive atmosphere,”
the two sides have yet to agree on the identity of the future prime
Bardaweel said that Hamas has informed Fatah of its fierce opposition to the nomination of current Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.
“We told them that we are strongly opposed to Fayyad,” Bardaweel said.
“The Fatah negotiators were convinced by our explanations and it was
agreed to leave the issue until next week’s meeting between Abbas and
Bardaweel pointed out, however, that the two sides have reached
agreement over the release of political detainees held in each others
prisons in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Hamas and Fatah also agreed to solve the problem of thousands of
Palestinians from the Gaza Strip who are unable to travel because of the
Palestinian Authority’s refusal to issue them passports.