Abbas Names New PM, Asks for Gov't

During eerie calm in Gaza, rivals claim post; Hamas extends amnesty
By Greg Atwan,  Newser User
Posted Jun 15, 2007 9:59 AM CDT
rder "firmly, decisively and legally." He also rejected the idea of a Palestinian state in Gaza only, run by Hamas.(AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has asked a former finance minister to form an emergency government, hours after the Hamas-Fatah coalition authority collapsed. Salam Fayyad, an independent legislator, will have to contend with Hamas' Ismail Hayineh, who still lays a claim to the PM's office.

Although Abbas remains in charge in the West Bank, the BBC reports his fiats—and appointees—are largely powerless in Gaza. A tenuous calm gripped the bloodied Strip today, after Abbas dismantled the unity government and declared a state of emergency. Hamas claimed military victory over its rivals last night after days of brutal fighting, releasing Fatah chiefs under what it called an "amnesty."