GAZA, Feb. 22
(Xinhuanet) -- Azzam el-Ahmad, head of Fatah movement in the Palestinian
Legislative Council (PLC), announced on Wednesday that his movement agrees in
principle to join the new government led by the Islamic Resistance Movement
Yasser Arafat was the founder of the Fatah
El-Ahmad made the announcement at a
joint news conference with Hamas head in the PLC Mahmoud al-Zahar at the
latter's house in Gaza City after their meeting.
"The principle of participating in a Palestinian
government led by Hamas movement is in principle accepted by Fatah movement, but
we should first agree on a joint program of the new government,"said al-Ahmed.
He told the reporters that there are no differences
between the two movements at present, but he did not rule out the possibility of
divergence in the future as the two movements have "different understandings on
the mechanism of the new government's action".
"If we overcome these differences, we might then be able
to reach together to our joint major goals," al-Ahmed said, referring to the
political program of Fatah that recognizes the signed agreements with Israel.
Al-Zahar also touched the differences between the two
sides,saying that "There are things that we had agreed upon, mainly the highest
interests of the Palestinian people, and there are things that we still
"But I hope that we would be able to overcome these
differences in the coming meetings," he added.
Meanwhile, al-Zahar disclosed that the both sides
agreed during the Wednesday meeting to hold a series of coordination meetings
within the coming few days after the two movements study what each side had
presented to the other.
Hamas overwhelmingly defeated the long-dominant
Fatah movement in the Jan. 25 Palestinian legislative election by securing 74 seats out
of the 132-seat PLC.
Pictured here is a Fatah gunman
However, both movements are politically disagreeing
on the political program of each party.
Hamas has formed a committee for parliamentary
dialogue with political parties, which has held a series of meetings with other
political groups in Gaza during the past two days.
So far, the committee has talked with leaders of the
Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), the Popular Front for
the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), the Islamic Jihad (HolyWar) and Mustafa
Barghouti, an independent campaigner in the Jan.25 legislative election.
Leaders of the left-wing parties, mainly the PFLP and
the DFLP,have agreed to join the new cabinet while the Islamic Jihad said no.