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Palestinian leaders to open talks on new government

Talks on new Palestinian government of technocrats to open Thursday, says Fatah central committee member

MENA, Wednesday 8 Feb 2012
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Azzam Al-Ahmad, a member of Fatah's central committee and head of the Fatah delegation for national reconciliation, has said that Palestinian leaders, led by President Mahmoud Abbas, will meet on Thursday for talks on the formation of an independent national government comprised of technocrats.

The move follows an agreement in Doha where Fatah and Hamas agreed that Abbas would head the prospective government.

Al-Ahmad expressed his belief that it is Abbas' right to appoint himself as premiere, saying that there is no Palestinian law preventing him from doing so. Palestine "is a presidential system not a parliamentary one. I advise those opposing the move to go back to the legal texts," he added.

Many Palestinian leaders and institutions consider Abbas' appointment to be unconstitutional according to the 2003 constitutional amendments, which stipulated the separation of national authority head and the prime minister.

Al-Ahmed said that "it is time to join hands to implement the reconciliation deal and end the division. The best solution posed to the international community amidst the ongoing international changes is for the president to take the helm of the unity government," stressing that this point was already discussed with Hamas a year ago.

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