Wednesday, February 15, 2012

PLO official appeals against Abbas' dual role


RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- PLO and Palestinian National Council member Abdul Jawad Saleh has appealed to the Palestinian high court to halt the appointment of President Abbas as head of a transitional government.

Saleh's lawyer, Raed Abdul Hamid, told Ma'an on Wednesday that they are waiting for Abbas to respond to their appeal.

The appeal presented several legal arguments for its case, some of which follow:

"The Palestinian basic law depends on the separation of powers concept in both article 45 which is: The President of the National Authority shall appoint the Prime Minister and authorize the latter to constitute his government. The President shall have the right to dismiss the Prime Minister or to accept his resignation and to request him to convene the Council of Ministers."

"The Palestinian basic law shows that its aim was to separate the tasks of the PM and the president, therefore when the president is handed the tasks of PM this would violate the constitution."

Hamas and Fatah signed an accord in May 2011 to end fighting that split Palestinians into rival administrations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 2007.

The deal stalled over continued disagreement, including the candidate to lead a unity government, but Mashaal and Abbas agreed in Doha last week that the Fatah chief and president would lead the cabinet.

Maan News Agency