A senior exiled Hamas leader on Wednesday called for the formation of a new Palestinian Authority goverment made up of independent technocrats without Fatah nor Hamas members as a way out of the crisis sparked by the Gaza-West Bank split.
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas set up an emergency government based in the West Bank after Hamas' armed takeover of the Gaza Strip. The government's members are all independents, but Hamas official Moussa Abu Marzouk appeared to be calling for a new one, formed in consultation with the militant group.
"All possibilities are open now. We can reach a consensus on a government - a technocrat government - that includes neither Fatah nor Hamas," Abu Marzouk, the Damascus-based deputy head of Hamas' political bureau, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.
"The government could not work without a Palestinian consensus, especially between Fatah and Hamas," he said.