Hamas: new Palestinian government would be "illegal"
Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement ruling Gaza, said Monday that a new government to be formed by Acting Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad would be "illegal."
Sami Abu Zuhri, the movement's spokesman in Gaza, reminded Palestinians that the outgoing Fayyad government was never ratified by the Hamas-dominated parliament, and that any new cabinet would be illegitimate without such ratification, DPA reported.
"This measure is illegal and rejected. The government must gain the confidence of the parliament only," he said in a statement.
He charged the Palestinian government's status was no different to that of the toppled leaderships in Tunisia and Egypt.