Fatah: Palestinian govt to resign within 24 hours

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, center, joins in reading from the Quran prior to a meeting of the PLO executive committee in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Saturday, April 18, 2015. (AP)

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas announced Tuesday that the Ramallah-based government would resign within the next 24 hours, several senior Fatah officials told AFP.

“Within 24 hours the Palestinian government will resign,” Abbas told members of the Revolutionary Council of his Fatah movement in Ramallah, according to several officials who attended the meeting.

Earlier, the Council’s secretary general had told AFP that the government would step down within 24 hours over its inability to act in the Gaza Strip.

“The government will resign in the next 24 hours because this one is weak and there is no chance that Hamas will allow it to work in Gaza,” said secretary general Amin Maqbul.

But Ihab Bseiso, spokesman for the consensus government, told AFP he was unaware of the matter.

“We had a meeting today and we didn’t discuss this issue,” he said.

Hamas said Wednesday it rejected any unilateral dissolution of the Palestinian unity government.

"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."
 

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