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    Hamas rejects joining PA cabinet By Saud Abu Ramadan From the International Desk Published 6/2/2002 9:35 PM
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      Hamas rejects joining PA cabinet
      By Saud Abu Ramadan
      From the International Desk
      Published 6/2/2002 9:35 PM


      GAZA, June 3 (UPI) -- The Islamic resistance movement
      Hamas rejected a Palestinian Authority offer to join a
      revamped Cabinet under Chairman Yasser Arafat,
      hampering Palestinian efforts to reform their

      Isma'eel Abu Shanab, a senior Hamas movement leader in
      Gaza, told United Press International late Sunday that
      after an internal Hamas leadership debate on the
      overture, the movement was declining to join a new
      Palestinian Authority government.

      Official Palestinian sources reportedly said Arafat
      decided to nominate two Islamic Hamas leaders for
      posts in a new Cabinet. Abu Shanab denied the reports
      and said that the movement had issued its decision not
      to participate in the new government.

      "The movement is studying how to present a draft to
      the Palestinian Authority that calls for complete,
      comprehensive reforms in the Palestinian community
      that take into consideration the needs of the
      Palestinian people in the present and the future,"
      said Abu Shanab.

      Hours earlier, Abdullah El Shami, an Islamic Jihad
      senior leader in Gaza said that his organization had
      also rejected the authority's offer to participate in
      a new Cabinet.

      The Palestinian Authority's information minister,
      Yasser Abed Rabbo, said the government invited all
      Palestinian political groups, including Hamas and
      Islamic Jihad, as well as other Palestine Liberation
      Organization opposition groups.

      The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and
      the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine
      announced their rejection a few days ago of an offer
      to join a reshuffled Cabinet.

      Abed Rabbo had said that Arafat plans to make changes
      in the Cabinet in the next few days, adding that the
      number of Cabinet ministers would not be more than 20
      compared with the current one that includes more than
      30 officials.

      Reshuffling the Cabinet, combining Palestinian
      security apparatuses and having municipal and
      parliamentarian elections by the end of this year came
      as part of the changes that Arafat said he would like
      to carry out soon.

      The proposed reforms were made under pressure from
      Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. Israel, Europe
      and the United States also pressured him, saying that
      a reformed Palestinian Authority might end the ongoing
      violence between Israel and the Palestinians.

      Copyright © 2002 United Press International

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