BEIRUT, (PIC)– Member of Hamas’s political bureau Ezzat Al-Resheq denied claims made by Fatah faction that Mahmoud Abbas postponed the formation of an interim consensus government at the request of Hamas.
In a press statement to the Jordanian newspaper Assabil on Monday, Resheq said that the formation of the consensus government has always been in the hands of Abbas since the emergence of the Doha agreement, but he shelved it for some reasons.
He said Hamas had showed flexibility and agreed to let Abbas lead the consensus government, but the latter was always reluctant to form it and Hamas criticized him for that.
The Hamas official pointed out that at the time, there were pressures on the Palestinian authority and threats to halt the financial support for it if it reconciled with Hamas.
Later, Fatah put forward another demand beyond its agreement with Hamas and asked to issue an electoral decree concurrently with the formation of a government for three months.
As for the elections of the national council, the Hamas official said that in the last meeting in Amman, there were three contentious points, but the parties agreed to refer them to the executive committee of the Palestinian liberation organization (PLO) for consideration, but unfortunately, Hamas found out later that these three points were addressed autonomously by Fatah according to its own standpoint.
He affirmed that at the present time, Fatah has delayed the execution of the reconciliation agreement in order to see the results of the moves being made by US secretary of state John Kerry to revive the peace process.
Fatah spokesman Fayez Abu Atiya had claimed that the formation of the Palestinian consensus government was put off at the request of Hamas and as a result of that, a government headed by Rami Al-Hamdallah was formed by Abbas.