Abu Marzouk: Any premier should be nationally agreed upon

[ 13/08/2011 – 01:41 PM ]

CAIRO, (PIC)– Deputy head of Hamas’s political bureau Moussa Abu Marzouk said there would be no new government unless its premier receives a national consensus, affirming that Salam Fayyad is part of the division in the Palestinian arena.

“If Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) had respected what was agreed upon, the government would have been formed by now and its ministers would have assumed their jobs since last May,” Abu Marzouk told the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper before leaving Cairo.

“Our brothers in Fatah saw that the government is the most important file that we should start with, while we still believe that all issues are important and we should discuss everything we can implement,” he noted.

“This was the idea which the two delegations returned to apply it when the government file was thwarted by Abu Mazen’s insistence on Salam Fayyad as a prime minister, while Hamas rejects him,” the Hamas official added.

The official refused any linking between the government file and the Palestinian state that might be recognized next September, noting that Fayyad is not excited about the idea of recognizing a Palestinian state next month.

The official also affirmed that the next government should not comply with the international quartet’s requisites because Hamas and Fatah agreed on a non-political government of technocrats, so the political side would be part of the duties assumed by the presidency and the Palestine liberation organization (PLO).

Talking about the reasons behind Hamas’s rejection of Fayyad as a premier, the official said that Fayyad is part of the Palestinian division because he implemented Israel’s economic peace plan in the West Bank, although it did not succeed. He also forced the retirement of most of the national figures and “shaped” new citizens whose job is to arrest their compatriots, Abu Marzouk said.

Fayyad also closed most of the West Bank financial, health, educational and charitable institutions at the pretext of their involvement in resistance activities against the occupation, the Hamas official added.

In a related context, member of Hamas’s political bureau Khalil Hayya asserted his Movement’s determination to implement the reconciliation agreement and not to go backwards.

Hayya made his remarks during a break-fasting banquet organized on Thursday evening by Hamas and attended by dignitaries, national figures, human rights activists and journalists.

The Hamas official stated that the last talks between Hamas and Fatah delegations in Cairo were responsible and positive, and both parties were insistent on removing all obstacles in the way of the reconciliation agreement.

He also hailed Mahmoud Abbas for contacting premier Ismail Haneyya as a message of unity and love, and an intention to have the reconciliation agreement implemented.

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