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The interior minister of the Hamas-led Palestinian government said Wednesday that efforts were under way, with help from the US, to remove the group from power.
"There is American support for whoever wants to topple the government," Palestinian Interior Minister Said Siyam told reporters in Cairo. "Why don't they want Hamas in the government? Is it forbidden (by God)? It came to power through the will of the people and that should be respected."
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"This is a war waged on the government," Siyam said.
On Tuesday, head of Egyptian Intelligence Omar Suleiman told Hamas leader-in-exile Khaled Mashaal to urge Hamas to relinquish its rule in the Palestinian Authority in order to solve the problems in the Palestinian territories.
During a meeting in Damascus, Suleiman proposed that Hamas oversee the government via the PA parliament where the organization has a majority.
Meanwhile, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas did not get the approval he was seeking from the Fatah leadership to dissolve the Hamas-led PA government and establish a government consisting of Palestinian experts in its place, the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper reported earlier on Tuesday.
The Fatah Central Committee was set to convene on Monday in Jordan, but the meeting was cancelled at the last moment and an enraged Abbas returned to Ramallah after his proposal to dissolve PA Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh's government was rejected.
Several sources reported that the central committee meeting was cancelled following disagreements over who should chair the committee and amid concerns that Israel was planning a full-scale offensive in the Gaza Strip.
Meanwhile, the ultimatum set by Abbas to Hamas over the formation of a unity government was due to expire later Tuesday.
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