Lawyers say new Palestinian government “destroys” foundation of the constitution.
“The refusal by the US, EU et al to deal with Hamas reflects their disrespect for the wishes of the Palestinian people”
Elise, Bemidji, US
Security forces loyal to Abbas were pushed out of the Gaza Strip during violent clashes in June leaving the new government with very little authority over the territory.
Azzam al-Ahmed, a politician from Abbas’s Fatah movement, said that because neither side can muster a majority in parliament, “This government will continue running the country until the crisis…is solved”.
Dozens of Hamas politicians have been arrested by Israel in the past year, giving Fatah a slight majority in the 132-seat parliament even though Hamas won Palestinian elections in 2006.
Both sides have charged the other with undermining the Palestinians’ democracy.