13.06.2011 11.Siwan, 5771
Palestinian unity in peril as Hamas rejects Fatah's Fayyad as PM
Hamas announcement follows nomination of current PM Salam Fayyad to head a transitional Palestinian government; rejection marks a key setback in the reconciliation process.
The Hamas militant group on Sunday rejected the rival Fatah movement's nominee for prime minister, complicating plans to unify the dueling governments in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and jeopardizing international aid for the Palestinians.
Hamas' opposition to Salam Fayyad's nomination marked a key setback in the reconciliation process, which aims to form a caretaker government until elections are held next year. Since the rival factions announced their reconciliation pact last month, aiming to end a four-year rift, they appear to have made little progress in implementing the program….