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Hamas rejects unilateral dissolution of Palestinian gov't

GAZA CITY – Hamas said Wednesday, June 17, it rejected any unilateral dissolution of the Palestinian unity government after senior officials reported that president Mahmud Abbas announced it would resign.

"Hamas rejects any one-sided change in the government without the agreement of all parties," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told Agence France-Presse.

"No one told us anything about any decision to change and no one consulted with us about any change in the unity government. Fatah acted on its own in all regards."

Several senior officials said Tuesday, June 16, that Abbas told members of his Fatah party that the Palestinian government would resign within 24 hours.

The move would signal a fresh setback in efforts to reconcile Gaza, dominated by Hamas, and the West Bank, where Abbas's Palestinian Authority is based.

It also comes as Israel and Hamas hold separate, indirect talks on ways to cement a long-term truce in the Gaza Strip following last year's 50-day war. – Rappler.com