Emergency Palestinian Leader Named; U.S. Supports Fayyad
Byline: Josh Mitnick / The Washington Times
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appointed former World Bank official Salam Fayyad to head an emergency government after militants from the rival Hamas faction routed his Fatah forces and seized control of the Gaza Strip enclave.
The U.S. government and other Western powers lined up behind Mr. Fayyad in hopes of averting a full-scale Palestinian civil war and staving off a victory by the Islamist Hamas movement.
But Hamas leaders in Gaza called on Mr. Fayyad, who served as finance minister in unity government which Mr. Abbas dissolved Thursday, to turn down the nomination, characterizing it as a coup against the legitimacy of the popularly elected Islamist-run government that took …
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