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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Hamas nominates Haniyeh to head government

And so it starts, The reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah turns a little south.

Palestinian factions to discuss makeup of transitional government, identity of new prime minister

Several days after Fatah nominated Salam Fayyad to head the new Palestinian government, Hamas announced it was pushing for Ismail Haniyeh's appointment.

According to the London-based al-Hayat newspaper, a senior Hamas element said that as far as the Islamist group is concerned, Haniyeh will head the new Palestinian government. Fatah and Hamas representatives are slated to meet Tuesday and discuss the makeup of the new government.

Earlier this week, Fatah movement nominated Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to head a transitional Palestinian government which was met by Hamas opposition.

Hamas official Dr. Salah Bardawil said Sunday that the movement will oppose such a move by Fatah: "We will not hand over the unity government to Fayyad, who has driven the West Bank into debt," he said.

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