Hamas leader Ismail Haniya ready to quit

Ismail Haniya, the prime minister of the Hamas movement in power in the Gaza Strip, said today he was “ready to resign”.

By (AFP)

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Published: Sat 30 Apr 2011, 3:57 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 2:18 AM

“I am prepared to tender my resignation as part of the reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fatah,” Haniya said.

“This agreement is very important and should boost efforts to end the divisions and encourage unity among Palestinians.”

On Wednesday, the rival Palestinian groups reached an “understanding” in Cairo to set up a transitional unity government and hold elections.

Egypt, which shares a border with Gaza, has tried to bring the two sides together since Hamas defeated Fatah loyalists in week-long street battles four years ago, reducing their power base to the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Authority prime minister Salam Fayyad expressed the hope on Wednesday that the agreement could lead to “the reunification of the nation, needed to enable our people to decide their destiny and to establish an independent state on all territories occupied since 1967, with east Jerusalem as its capital”.

The Palestinian factions were on the verge of agreeing to a deal in 2009 that would have led to a transitional government ahead of elections when Hamas pulled out.



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