Hamas leaders agree on Abbas as PM
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Hamas leaders agree on Abbas as PM

Haniyeh and Mashaal come together in Doha to show unified front

Elhanan Miller is the former Arab affairs reporter for The Times of Israel

Hamas PM Haniyeh walks the red carpet in Abu Dhabi this week (photo credit: Mohammed Al-Ostaz/Flash90)
Hamas PM Haniyeh walks the red carpet in Abu Dhabi this week (photo credit: Mohammed Al-Ostaz/Flash90)

Over a week after agreeing to a unity deal with Fatah, Hamas leaders announced Wednesday they would recognize Mahmoud Abbas as interim prime minister, pending general elections later this year.

In a joint statement from Doha, Qatar, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and political bureau chief Khaled Mashaal endorsed Abbas’ nomination, denying rumors of an ideological rift within the movement.

“There are no differences within the movement regarding reconciliation. The Doha Announcement is moving toward implementation,” the statement read.

Palestinian media had reported that Hamas’ Gaza leadership, primarily Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and senior official Mahmoud Zahar, adamantly opposed Abbas’ nomination, declaring it “unconstitutional.”

According to the Palestine Information Center, a Hamas news agency, Hamas leaders will meet in Cairo next week to discuss developments within the movement. The leaders of the movement’s military wing, Ahmad Jaabari and Muhammad Deif, also endorsed the Doha declaration in a phone conversation with Khaled Mashaal, the Palestine Information Agency reported.

 

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