Friday, December 1, 2006


PLO Executive Committee calls on Haniyeh to resign as PM

"The Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee on Friday called on Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas to resign due to stalled talks on the formation of a Palestinian unity government.

"The executive committee asks Haniyeh to resign to pave the way for the formation of a new government," committee member Samir Ghosheh told Reuters.

Abbas announced at a press conference with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Thursday that the talks with Hamas on the establishment of a government of national unity have reached a "dead end."

Abbas told top PLO officials during a special session in Ramallah on Friday that Hamas was to blame for the talks' failure. "[Chairman] Abbas stressed that there would be no dialogue with Hamas," said Tayseer Khaled, a member of the PLO's executive committee. "He said the dialogue ended and that Hamas bears the responsibility for the failure of the talks.""

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