Palestinian Authority officials are planning to establish a new party which would serve as an alternative for Fateh and Hamas movements, Israeli online daily Ynetnews reported Saturday.
According to a report published by the Ynetnews, Palestinian officials, two of them Fateh members, plan to establish a party that will run in the legislative elections.
The party will apparently be headed by the Palestinian finance Minister, Salam Fayad, Palestinian spokeswoman, Hanan Ashrawi, and the former Information Minister, Yasser Abed Rabbo.
The new party aims to create a third large independent body which will serve as an alternative for those who do not want to vote of Hamas ort Fateh movements.
Aides of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas estimated that “the establishment of such a party is unlikely and it will also not pose any threat to the Fateh”.
Fayad threatened recently to resign after his aides claimed that aides of Abbas and Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei, were interfering in his work, mainly pressuring him to pay salaries to hundreds of additional Fatah members recruited to the security organizations, the Ynetnews reported.
Meanwhile, clashes in Fateh primaries continued following the primaries of the movement which were held prior to the general elections which are slated for January 2006.
The Primaries were held Friday in the areas of Tulkarem, Hebron and in a number of areas in the West Bank. Clashes occurred in all the areas, and after the votes were counted candidates complained of large-scale forgeries.