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Dahlan denies plan to head new Palestinian government

Palestinian MP Mohamed Dahlan [File photo]
Palestinian MP Mohamed Dahlan [File photo]

Palestinian MP Mohamed Dahlan denied yesterday reports claiming he plans to form and head a new Palestinian government, calling these reports the "production of security cooperation" between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israel, a statement said.

In the statement, which was sent to mass media, Dahlan, who was dismissed by PA and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas from Fatah in 2011, said that "these reports are not more than lies spread by the PA aimed to deviate the eyes from the suffering of the Palestinians and I will not comment on them".

He also said that "these lies are signs of the disability of the PA political leadership, which suffers major crises [because of] the acts and behaviour of those practicing oppression against the Palestinians and depleting their resources".

In addition he said: "I have repeatedly announced my positions regarding all the national issues, including those related to ruling and administration. I have dedicated all my abilities, as a Palestinian soldier, to work on getting the Palestinians out of the ongoing crises."

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Dahlan noted that the latest of his positions was praising the decisions of the PLO's Central Council, which, he said, would never be implemented on the ground.pale

The PLO's Central Council has recently taken several decisions, including fully halting security cooperation with Israel.

The former leader of the PA protective apparatus in Gaza, one of the most notorious PA security agencies that tortured many Palestinians between 1994 and 2000, said that the "tragic reality of the Palestinians could not be treated by efforts of one person or even one faction".

He added: "The only exit from the current situation is to form a national salvation leadership that includes all parties without any exceptions. There, I will be a soldier, not looking for a position in order to help the Palestinians."

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