PLO FACTIONS: WE WON’T PARTICIPATE IN A NEW PA GOVERNMENT

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Two PLO groups announced on Tuesday that they will not participate in a new Palestinian Authority government because it will deepen divisions among the Palestinians and consolidate the split between the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The announcement came shortly after Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah submitted the resignation of his government to PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

Abbas later accepted the resignation and said he will begin consultations to form a new government consisting of PLO factions whose goal would be to prepare for new parliamentary elections.

“President Abbas has accepted the resignation and entrusted the government to serve as a caretaker government until the formation of a new one,” said a statement issued by the PA president’s office on Tuesday evening.

Hamdallah said that his government will continue to carry out its duties and responsibilities until the establishment of a new one. He also expressed hope that consultations with Palestinian groups about the formation of a new government would be successful and end quickly.

However, the PLO’s Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) said they will not be part of a government that “solidifies divisions among” the Palestinians.

Miriam Abu Dakka, a senior PFLP official, said that the PLO, and not Abbas’s ruling Fatah faction, was the only party authorized to make a decision on the formation of a new Palestinian government.

“Fatah is one of the factions of the PLO, and as such it is not entitled to take a decision alone,” he said. “The PFLP will not participate in a government that solidifies the division. Our goal is to end the division and thwart the deal of the century.”

The “deal of the century” refers to US President Donald Trump’s yet-to-be-announced plan for peace in the Middle East.

Another PFLP official, Kayed al-Ghul, pointed out that his group has refused to participate in all Palestinian governments that were established after the signing of the Oslo Accords between Israel and the PLO in 1993. The PFLP is opposed to the Oslo Accords.