Hamas has declared the new Palestinian government illegitimate

 Hamas has declared the new Palestinian government illegitimate

On April 13, Mohamed Ashtier was sworn in at the inauguration ceremony at the Palestinian presidential palace in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Xinhua News Agency (Fadi Aruri)

Xinhua News Agency, Ramallah, April 13 - The new Palestinian government took the oath of office in the West Bank city of Ramallah on April 13.

On the same day, a new Palestinian government led by Mohamed Ashtier, member of the Central Committee of the Palestinian National Liberation Movement (Fatah), was sworn in at the Palestinian presidential palace. Unlike most members of the previous government who were independent, most members of the current government came from Fatah, the largest faction in the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), and the rest were members of other factions or independent persons of the PLO.

The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), which is not a member of the PLO, issued a statement on the same day, calling the new government a split government without legitimacy and calling for general elections.

The statement said that the establishment of the Ashtier government is a continuation of Fatahs exclusion policy and will aggravate the internal division of Palestine. In view of the current challenges facing the Palestinian cause, a government of national unity should be formed in order to assume full responsibility for the Palestinian people, care for their interests and realize their dreams.

On January 27 this year, the Fatah Central Committee proposed the formation of a new government by factions and independent persons within the PLO. On 29 January, Palestinian President Abbas accepted the resignation of then Prime Minister Hamdara and his government, and asked the Hamdara government to continue its work until the new government was established. On March 10, Abbas appointed Ashtier, a member of the Fatah Central Committee, as Prime Minister of the Government, empowering him to form a new government.

In 2007, armed conflict broke out between Hamas and Fatah in the Gaza Strip, Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip, Fatah actually controlled the West Bank, and Palestine was divided. Under Egyptian mediation, the two factions reached the latest reconciliation agreement in October 2017. However, due to differences, the agreement has not been effectively implemented, and the split situation is still not over.

Source: Xinhua author: Yang Yuanyuan, Zhao Yue, responsible editor: Li Hang_BJS4645