Hamas to present list of new ministers

Mashaal: Victory less important than continued struggle against Israel.

March 17, 2006 20:56
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mashaal 298.88. (photo credit: Associated Press)


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Hamas announced on Friday that the new Palestinian Authority government would be formed by Saturday. It appears that for now, having failed to reach a coalition agreement with other parties, Hamas will sit alone in the government. Hamas representatives will submit a list of the new ministers on Saturday to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Army Radio reported. Hamas leader in exile Khaled Mashaal said in Damascus on Friday that Hamas' primary objective was to "continue the struggle against Israel." According to Mashaal, assuming power in the PA was of secondary importance for the party and would not "distract Hamas from its main goal." Mashaal also attacked Abbas's Fatah party for working to establish a Palestinian state on only part of what he called "the occupied territories." Mashaal promised the Palestinian people that the right of return in entirety would be theirs.

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