New unity government being discussed by Palestinian officials

The current unity government has been unable to implement any of its policies in the Hamas-dominated Gaza Strip, leading to deep divisions with the PA.

June 24, 2015 08:37
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Ismail Haniyeh and Mahmoud Abbas

Hamas deputy political bureau chief Ismail Haniyeh (R) and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

The Palestinian Authority Tuesday announced it plans to hold talks next week with its main political rival Hamas in the hopes of forming a new unity government after the PLO said it would dissolve its current agreement less than two weeks ago.

In a communique with Palestinian media, PA spokesperson Ihab Bseiso said that the resignation of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah was expected soon, cementing the dissolution of the government's current form.

PLO Executive Committee members are said to be concluding current discussions concerning the structure of the new unity government, according to Palestinian news agency Ma'an.

In June 2014, one month before the breakout of Operation Protective Edge,  the PLO and Hamas agreed to form a government consisting of politically neutral technocrats in an effort to end the divisions between the two political rivals.

Yet one year later, the two parties remain deeply divided, with the unity government unable to implement any of its policies in the Hamas-dominated Gaza Strip.

While there has been talk of a government reshuffle for months, last week's announcement suggested for the first time that a new government would have a completely different structure, with factional leaders replacing independent technocrats, according to Ma'an.

In response, both Hamas and Islamic Jihad condemned the announcement, which they said they had not been consulted over, Ma'an added.

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