The Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, has rejected an earlier decision by Ramallah-based Fatah political faction to unilaterally dissolve the Palestinian unity government within the next 24 hours.
"Hamas rejects any one-sided change in the government without the agreement of all parties," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said on Wednesday.
He added, "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."
On Tuesday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced that his government will be dissolved within 24 hours.
“The government will resign in the next 24 hours because this one is weak and there is no chance that Hamas will allow it to work in Gaza," Amin Maqbul, the secretary general of the Revolutionary Council, which serves as Fatah’s legislative body, told AFP.
Maqbul further stated that the new government would form within 24 hours; however, an informed source said it would take several days.
Fatah and Hamas have been at odds ever since the Palestinian resistance movement scored a landslide victory in Palestinian elections in 2006. Hamas has ruled the impoverished and Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip, while Fatah has set up headquarters in the occupied Palestinian territories in the West Bank.
The two leading Palestinian political parties agreed in April 2014 to end their grievances and reconcile. The move drew the Israeli officials’ ire, and the Tel Aviv regime consequently responded by suspending the so-called peace talks with the Palestinian Authority.