Palestinian unity government to dissolve in 24 hours

Palestinian president claimed to say unity government will resign in 24 hours to form entirely new cabinet in several days

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Several senior Fatah officials claimed that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced on Tuesday during a meeting of the Fatah's Revolutionary Council that the Ramallah-based unity government will resign within the next 24 hours.

The reason for the resignation is allegedly the unity government’s inability in the Gaza Strip.

Amin Maqbul, secretary general of the ruling Fatah movement's Revolutionary Council said  "The government will resign in the next 24 hours because this one is weak and there is no chance that Hamas will allow it to work in Gaza."

Maqbul said that after the government dissolves, they will start consultations to form new government, without saying whether the new line up would be pieced together in consultation with Hamas.

Ihab Bseiso, the government’s spokesperson, however, told AFP he was unaware of the matter denying any such discussion of dissolution.

Another senior official speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity didn’t confirm the government’s intention.

Earlier in June, Ismail Haniya, deputy head of Hamas’ political office, said there had been no humanitarian or economic progress, referring to the reconstruction of the war-torn Gaza after the 51-day ‘’Operation Protective Edge’’ and other issues, in the Gaza Strip since the unity government was formed a year ago.

The current unity government was established by Gaza-based Hamas and Ramallah-based Fatah in June 2014 following an agreement carried out to end the division between the two political forces of Palestine in April.

In July and August 2014, Israel launched the 51-day “Operation Protective Edge” in Gaza Strip and killed more than 2,100 people, mostly women and children and injured another 11,000. On the Israeli side, 67 soldiers and six civilians were killed.

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