World Bulletin/News Desk
Meeting with French peace activists in the West Bank city of Ramallah, where his limited self-rule government is based, Abbas said: "We will announce the government the day after tomorrow, it will be formed of technocrats and independents."
Under a strict blockade imposed by neighbours Israel and Egypt, Hamas struggles to prop up Gaza's economy and pay its 40,000 employees. Abbas, for his part, wants to shore up his domestic support since the collapse of U.S.-brokered peace talks with Israel last month.
ISRAEL THREATENS BOYCOTT
Israel suspended negotiations with Abbas as soon as he announced a unity deal was in the works on April 23. It has said it would impose economic sanctions against any joint government.
In his remarks on Saturday, Abbas said a joint government with Hamas would continue to abide by his policy of recognising Israel, though the group insists it would not change its own policy of rejecting Israel's existence.
Abbas has been keen to assure Western donor countries he will remain the key Palestinian decision-maker and security coordination between his forces and Israel will continue.
In a move seen as boosting control over his party ahead of forming a unity government, Abbas ousted five senior party members on Saturday seen as allied with a leading rival, Mohammed Dahlan, the Palestinian news agency WAFA, said.Last Mod: 01 Haziran 2014, 09:29