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Reports: Palestinian unity government to resign, Abbas says

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been quoted saying the unity government formed last year would soon resign. The government's inability to operate in Gaza has been a point of dispute between Fatah and Hamas.

Reports have emerged that the

Palestinian unity government

formed last year will soon be dissolved, possibly as early as Wednesday.

The Associated Press news agency reports that during a meeting of Fatah's Revolutionary Council late Tuesday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced the government would dissolve "because Hamas didn't let it work in Gaza."

The unity government was formed in 2014 between the two rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah, following a seven-year rift after Hamas took over the Gaza Strip. Comprised of independent technocrats, in theory the unity authority had a mandate to govern both the West Bank and Gaza but in practice it has failed to take hold in Gaza, where

Hamas remains the de facto power.

The inability of the government to exert its authority in Gaza has been a major point of contention between the factions and is also one of the reasons behind the

slow pace of rebuild efforts

in the Gaza Strip following last summer's

war between Israel and Hamas.

News agency AFP reported that government officials did not confirm a resignation was planned, but reported that several sources had said such a move had been under discussion for several weeks.

se/bw (AFP, AP)

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