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Hamas: Fatah PM candidacy imperils reconciliation

A senior official in Hamas says that nominating Salam Fayyad as PM for the unity government is a serious threat for the reconciliation deal

AP , Wednesday 13 Jul 2011
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A senior Hamas official says a planned reconciliation with Fatah will be deeply threatened if the rival Palestinian movement insists Western-backed economist Salam Fayyad stays on as prime minister.

President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah thinks keeping Fayyad as prime minister is key to maintaining the flow of hundreds of millions of dollars in Western aid.

Hamas sees Fayyad as too close to the West.

Senior Hamas official Moussa Abu Marzouk was quoted Wednesday by the Palestinian daily Felesteen as saying Abbas' position is "unacceptable and unreasonable."

He says sticking with Fayyad will bring the Palestinians back to the "pre-reconciliation era."

The rival factions agreed to reconcile in May, nearly four years after Hamas overran the Gaza Strip.

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