Now that Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has resigned, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas must form a government with the Hamas terror group, a high-ranking member of Abbas’s Fatah party said on Monday, according to an AFP report.
“The president must hold consultations with Palestinian movements to form a national unity government and set a date for elections,” Azzam al-Ahmed, a leader of the Fatah party, told Voice of Palestine radio.
Fatah, which controls the PA-assigned areas of Judea and Samaria, has been at odds for years with its bitter rival, the Hamas terror group that governs Gaza.
The long rivalry between the sides began when Hamas took over Gaza in a bloody coup in 2007, but was also due to a disagreement on Fayyad as prime minister.
Hamas never recognized Fayyad’s authority, continuing instead to recognize its own premier, Ismail Haniyeh.
The PA’s elections commission said on Friday it was “ready to carry out elections if the order is issued by the presidency,” AFP quoted it as having said.
The timing of the announcement — followed a day later by Fayyad’s resignation — was “favorable to discussions on forming a national unity government,” said Ahmed, who is in charge of reconciliation with Hamas.
Source: AFP report