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Palestinian reconciliation stalls: Hamas leader

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 13:45

Gaza City: A top Hamas official says efforts to form a joint government with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas` rival Fatah group have stalled.

Mahmoud Zahar is the first official from either group to openly say the troubled reconciliation talks are at an impasse.

Jordan`s ad-Dustour newspaper cited Zahar on Tuesday as saying the Palestinian unity talks have foundered over the nomination of a prime minister and Abbas` refusal to submit a proposed Cabinet list for Parliament`s approval.

Fatah, which controls the West Bank, wants the current prime minister, Salam Fayyad, to retain his position despite Hamas` objection.

Hamas, which rules Gaza, dominates the Palestinian legislature.

The duelling governments emerged after Hamas routed Abbas` forces and overrun Gaza in 2007.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 13:45

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