Abbas Amends Election Order as Hamas Continues to Fume (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 05/18/12)
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Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas issued an executive
order on Thursday, amending the 2005 election law as a precursor to
holding a municipal vote sooner than scheduled, the Bethlehem-based
Ma’an news agency reported.
The minister of local governance, Khaled Qawasmi, told Voice of
Palestine radio that Abbas’ decree would help the new government make
a decision to hold elections “as soon as possible.” He added that the
law would allow holding an election in more than one stage in case
more than a day was needed.
Abbas’ move came one day after he reshuffled his cabinet, which will
have seven new ministers. The previous government resigned amid an
ongoing corruption probe and fiscal insolvency in February 2011.
Abbas previously tasked Prime Minister Salam Fayyad with forming a
new government, but then put the brakes on in April after announced
he had negotiated a reconciliation deal with Hamas politburo chief
The agreement, signed in Qatar, called for the creation of an interim
cabinet of independent technocrats selected by the two factions,
which would prepare for elections by May 2012. However, the deal
revealed a growing schism between Mashaal´s politburo-in-exile and
the Hamas leadership in Gaza headed by Ismail Haniyeh, who
effectively scuttled the deal.
Hamas blasted Abbas’ latest decision, calling it “unacceptable.” The
group’s spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri, told Ma’an the move is corrupt
because it puts the premiership in charge of the election and
violates the Doha agreement to reconcile the PA-controlled areas of
Judea and Samaria, which are run by Abbas’ Fatah faction, and Gaza.
Abu Zuhri added that the PA has a poor track record of respecting the
outcome of elections.
A spokesman for the Hamas government, Taher Nunu, called Fayyad´s new
government illegal according to the Palestinian Basic Law.
“Forming this government amounts to exporting the internal crisis of
Fatah, and corruption scandals,” he said in a statement quoted by
Ma’an and which slammed Abbas’ order for strengthening division.
After Abbas reshuffled the cabinet on Wednesday, Hamas reacted
angrily and said the reshuffle underscored that the Fatah-Hamas unity
deal was going nowhere.
“This strengthens the division,” Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhum
said. “This government was built on corruption, and was not the
choice of the Palestinian people and was not approved by the
legislative council.” (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/18/12)
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