Dweik is ready to assume the PA leadership if Abbas steps down 12Nov09 November 13, 2009

The Palestinian Information Center  -  12 November 2009

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Dr. Aziz Dweik, the speaker of the Palestinian legislative council (PLC), stated Wednesday that he is ready to assume the presidency of the Palestinian Authority (PA) in case Mahmoud Abbas resigned.

In a press statement to the Palestinian information center (PIC), Dr. Dweik said that the Palestinian constitution and law clearly stipulate that in case of the resignation or death of the PA president or the presence of any hindrance obstructing him from exercising his duties, the PLC speaker should replace him until elections are held within 60 days.

Regarding Abbas’s call for elections, the speaker underlined that the elections cannot be held before achieving national reconciliation and creating an appropriate atmosphere for that.

He added that the Palestinian factions do not oppose elections in principle, but they want democratic and fair elections supervised by impartial institutions and conducted in the correct atmosphere.

The speaker also said that the political arrests and harassment practiced by Abbas’s militias in the West Bank complicate the situation in the Palestinian arena and hinder the achievement of reconciliation, calling on the PA to create the proper climate and eliminate the obstacles in order to restore national unity.

The speaker noted that there are political active moves made by the Palestinian factions aimed to eliminate the obstacles between Hamas and Fatah.

For his part, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said Wednesday that the political position of the PA in Ramallah is collapsing because it counted on the American decision which is biased in favor of Israel, the thing which weakened the Palestinian arena.

Spokesman Abu Zuhri told Al-Quds satellite channel that the agenda of Fatah faction is the Oslo agreement that brought calamities on the Palestinian people, but the level of its subordination to the American administration is unprecedented, noting that late Palestinian president Yasser Arafat used political maneuvers, but he found himself obliged to stop at a certain limit and pay for his obligations.

“Ramallah team has no minimum limits to stop at. Abbas admitted the failure of his frivolous negotiations with the Zionist occupation, but he is persistent in his security coordination with the occupation and for free, and is still hunting the resistance in the occupied West Bank,” the spokesman explained.


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