Sunday, 30 November 2014

Hamas: Palestinian unity govt has expired


The national consensus government declared by Hamas and Fatah this summer has finished its interim term, the Hamas movement said Sunday.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a news conference in Gaza City that the unity government's six-month term had expired, and that dialogue should be resumed on a national level to discuss the future of the government.

Any decision on whether the government should be disbanded or continued or be reshuffled must be made only through national dialogue and consensus, Abu Zuhri said.

Hamas "isn't interested in incitement, but rather seeks to maintain national unity," he said.

He stressed that the Hamas movement "does not control the Gaza Strip at all. ... If the national consensus government doesn't want to take responsibility for Gaza, this doesn't mean the government is exempted from this responsibility."

Abu Zuhri went on to criticize the Palestinian Authority for making what he called politically motivated arrests.

So far in November, 80 Palestinians have been detained in the West Bank for political affiliation, he said, adding that 70 of them were still in PA custody. more

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