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Hamas rejects unilateral dissolution of Palestinian govt

AFP , Wednesday 17 Jun 2015
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri (Photo: Reuters)

Hamas said Wednesday it rejected any unilateral dissolution of the Palestinian unity government after senior officials reported that president Mahmoud Abbas announced it would resign.

"Hamas rejects any one-sided change in the government without the agreement of all parties," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told AFP.

"No one told us anything about any decision to change and no one consulted with us about any change in the unity government. Fatah acted on its own in all regards."

Several senior officials said Tuesday that Abbas told members of his Fatah party that the Palestinian government would resign within 24 hours.

The move would signal a fresh setback in efforts to reconcile Gaza, dominated by Hamas, and the West Bank, where Abbas's Palestinian Authority is based.

It also comes as Israel and Hamas hold separate, indirect talks on ways to cement a long-term truce in Gaza following last year's 50-day Israeli offensive on the strip.

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