The Palestinian government resigned

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Rami Chadalavada: Mohammed Salem / Reuters

The government of Palestine filed a petition of resignation. This was told Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers, reports Reuters.

As noted, the petition forwarded to President Mahmoud Abbas. At the same time, in a statement released after the meeting stated that Ministers will continue to perform their duties till formation of the new government.

The Agency notes that the government’s resignation is a blow to reconciliation efforts between Fatah (Movement for the national liberation of Palestine) and Hamas.

Previously, the Central Committee of Fatah, headed by Abbas, has recommended the formation of a new Cabinet, the composition of which would include all factions of the Palestine liberation Organization, said TASS. While Hamas is not part of the organization. The movement has already noted that the step the government’s resignation is an attempt to exclude a group of Palestinian politics.

Hamdallah headed the government of national unity in 2014.

The conflict between the parties began in 2006. In the result, Palestine was effectively divided into two parts: the West Bank of the Jordan river, controlled by Fatah and the Gaza strip, in which power belongs to Hamas. For many years between the negotiations on the establishment of a unified coalition government.

Two years ago the parties signed a reconciliation agreement. In accordance with this, a plan was developed for the transition to Fatah control over Gaza and the border with Egypt and Israel, however, disputes about the division of power and differences over policy toward Israel has prevented its implementation, Reuters reports.

In 2017 Hamas has promulgated a new doctrine, which continues to deny the Jewish state the right to exist, but does not call for an armed struggle against him. Moreover, the doctrine refers to the agreement on the creation of a unified Palestinian state in the 1967 borders, that is, with the territories of the Gaza strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Hamas was founded in 1987 and is recognized as a terrorist organization by Israel, Canada, USA and Japan, and is banned in Jordan and Egypt.

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