Gaza City: Hamas has rejected the rival Fatah movement`s nominee to head a transitional Palestinian government, complicating plans to unify the duelling factions ruling the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Hamas` objection could also compromise foreign support for the Palestinian Authority.
Fatah has nominated Salam Fayyad, the prime minister of the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, to head the caretaker government.
Fayyad, a U.S.-educated economist, enjoys the respect of foreign donors. His reappointment would ease Western concerns that donor money would fall into the hands of Hamas, which the West considers a terror organization.
Hamas official Salah Bardawil told The Associated Press on Sunday that "Hamas will not agree to grant Salam Fayyad the confidence to run the national unity government."