Fatah reiterates support for Palestinian PM to head unity government

The Fatah movement on Thursday renewed support for nominating current Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to lead the new national unity government

Azzam al-Ahmed, member of the movement’s central committee, told Al-Masry Al-Youm that Fatah and Hamas are still in discussions to set a time for a meeting in Cairo.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was scheduled to meet with the Hamas political chief Khaled Meshaal last month in Cairo for talks about selecting a new leader, in accordance with the Palestinian reconciliation pact signed in May.

Hamas rejects Fayyad's nomination, but Abbas believes him to be the best fit for the post.

“We’ve been communicating with Hamas for days,” said Ahmed, “We’re trying to set a time for the meeting between the two movements in Cairo as soon as possible.”

“The last communication was held between me and Moussa abu Marzouq [Hamas’s political leader],” he added, saying that communications are taking place in a friendly atmosphere.

Asked if Fatah had decided to step back from pushing Fayyad’s nomination, Ahmed said, “Each party is still holding to its stance. We hope we can meet soon in Cairo to resolve the problem.”

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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