Hamas lawmaker denies being appointed as interior minister
A Hamas lawmaker on Wednesday denied reports that he was appointed to hold the post of interior ministry in the Gaza Strip administration, Xinhua reported.
"I firmly deny all these reports because I was not officially asked to hold that post," the lawmaker, Fathi Hamad, told reporters.
Asked if he would be the minister in the upcoming days, Hamad responded that he doesn't have any information on this issue.
Over the past days, officials from the Islamic movement issued conflicting statements about Hamad's appointment to the interior ministry as a successor for Said Siam, the Hamas leader who was killed in an Israeli airstrike at his house in January.
Hamas, which won the parliamentary elections in 2006, set up its own administration in Gaza in June 2007 after routing security forces loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas of rival Fatah party.
Abbas also formed a Western-backed government based in West Bank and considered Hamas's administration illegal.
Some of Hamas lawmakers said that Abbas has fired Hamas government so it doesn't has the right to appoint ministers.
However, other lawmakers argued that Ismail Haneya's government of Gaza can appoint persons as caretaker ministers.