Said Siyam, interior minister in the de facto government in Gaza, declares that the de facto government will not deal with president Mahmoud Abbas as president of the Palestinian Authority when his current term expires.
Siyam argues that “President Abbas’ term ends on 9 January 2009, and this should help build national reconciliation. There must be a Palestinian president who reunites the Palestinian people and speaks on behalf of both Fatah and Hamas.”
Read: Maan News, “Hamas will not work with Abbas as PA president after January 2009,” 22 July 2008, http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=30718
The Palestinian Basic Law sets the term of the PLC and the president to four years. However, the election law also stipulates that elections for the two are to cooncide. Whereas President Abbas was elected in 2005, the PLC was elected in 2006. Fatah and Hamas disagree on how to solve this issue.
On 29 June, the Bureau of Fatwa and Legislation in Ramallah stated that President Abbas’ term will extend to the end of the legislative mandate of the second Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC). Hamas, however, argues that Abbas’ presidency is set to expire in January 2009.
Read: Maan News, “Hamas lawmaker: extending Abbas’ term is illegal”, 30 June 2008, http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=30203
Read:Maan News, “Bureau of Fatwa and Legislation: President Abbas’ term to coincide with current PLC mandate,” 29 June 2008, http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=30170
Read: The Economist, The Palestinians Ever Divided, 26 June 2008, http://www.economist.com/world/africa/displaystory.cfm?story_id=11636459.
Read: Maan News, “Crisis of presidency – By Nasser Lahham,” 3 July 2008, http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=30287.
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