Palestinian Unity Hits a Bump in the Road
Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas recently decided to get over their differences and work together, but that’s easier negotiated than done. Hamas quickly rejected Fatah’s nominee for prime minister of an interim government, the pro-Western, U.S.-educated Palestinian politician Salam Fayyad (pictured). — PZS
The Fatah central committee’s nomination of Salam Fayyad to head the government is a Fatah nomination and any head of the new government must be chosen by consensus and not, of course, by one of the parties,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told AFP news agency.
Correspondents say Hamas’ rejection of the nomination of Mr Fayyad, a US-educated economist, could compromise foreign support for the new government.