Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large

Hamas rejects plan to retain Fatah's Salam Fayyad as caretaker prime minister

Role of Fayyad's US-trained security services in the arrest of scores of Hamas members in the West Bank makes him unacceptable as caretaker prime minister before elections next year, Hamas says.

JERUSALEM //A proposal by Fatah to retain Salam Fayyad as caretaker prime minister before elections next year was rejected yesterday by its rival Hamas in another setback to efforts to form a Palestinian unity government.

The central committee of the West Bank's ruling Fatah faction on Saturday chose Mr Fayyad for the position in the interim government that is being negotiated as part of a reconciliation deal struck last month between Hamas and Fatah.

Mr Fayyad has enjoyed international support since his appointment in 2007 as the Palestinian Authority's prime minister, and his departure could undermine relations with donor nations.

Hamas officials, who want a Gazan in the position, quickly spurned the Fatah's decision, on the grounds of Mr Fayyad's US-trained security services' role in the arrest of scores of Hamas members in the West Bank.

"It is certain that we will not accept Fayyad either as the head of the government or as a minister in that government because of the four years of siege, arrests and torture of Hamas leaders and members linked to the name of Salam Fayyad," Hamas member Salah Bardawil said in a statement. "Reconciliation for us in Hamas is a strategic goal we will seek to achieve by all means possible, but there are red lines that we cannot agree to cross."

Hamas and Fatah have been feuding since Hamas overthrew Fatah in Gaza in 2007.

The most recent spat comes as the factions prepare to meet in Cairo tomorrow to finalise the unity government which will govern until national elections are held.

The two sides have missed several deadlines aimed at forming the government since agreeing in Cairo on May 4 to end their dispute.



Back to the top

More articles

Editor's Picks

 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani greets supporters after his arrival in Zahedan, the regional capital of Sistan and Baluchestan province on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. During Mr Rouhani's two-day visit, he will tour several other cities and hold meetings with local scholars and entrepreneurs. Maryam Rahmanian for The National

On the road with Hassan Rouhani

Iran's president is touring some of Iran's most underdeveloped provinces. Foreign correspondent Yeganeh Salehi is traveling with him.

 The Doha-based Youssef Al Qaradawi speaks to the crowd as he leads Friday prayers in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt in February, 2011. The outspoken pro-Muslim Brotherhood imam has been critical of the UAE’s policies toward Islamist groups, adding to friction between Qatar and other GCC states. Khalil Hamra / AP Photo

Brotherhood imam skips Doha sermon, but more needed for GCC to reconcile

That Youssef Al Qaradawi did not speak raises hopes that the spat involving Qatar and the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain might be slowly moving towards a resolution.

 Twitter photo of  Abdel Fattah El Sisi on the campaign trail on March 30. Photo courtesy-Twitter/@SisiCampaign

El Sisi rides a bicycle, kicks off social media storm

The photos and video created a huge buzz across social media networks, possibly a marker of a new era for Egypt.

 An Afghan election commission worker carries a ballot box at a vote counting centre in Jalalabad on April 6. A roadside bomb hit a truck carrying full ballot boxes in northern Afghanistan, killing three people a day after the country voted for a successor to President Hamid Karzai. Eight boxes of votes were destroyed in the blast, which came as the three leading candidates voiced concerns about possible fraud. Noorullah Shirzada / AFP Photo

Two pressing questions for Afghanistan’s future president

Once in office, the next Afghan president must move fast to address important questions that will decide the immediate future of the country.

 Friday is UN Mine Awareness Day and Omer Hassan, who does demining work in Iraqi Kurdistan, is doing all he can to teach people about the dangers posed by landmines. Louise Redvers for The National

A landmine nearly ended Omer’s life but he now works to end the threat of mines in Iraq

Omer Hassan does demining work in Iraqi Kurdistan and only has to show people his mangled leg to underscore the danger of mines. With the world marking UN Mine Awareness Day on Friday, his work is as important as ever as Iraq is one of the most mine-affected countries in the world.

 Supporters of Turkey's ruling AKP cheer as they follow the election's results in front of the party's headquarters in Ankara on March 30. Adem Altan/ AFP Photo

Erdogan critic fears retaliation if he returns to Turkey

Emre Uslu is a staunch critic of Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Now, with a mass crackdown on opposition expected, he is unsure when he can return home.


To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National