In an interview with the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC), Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, said that he has the right to name the head of the upcoming Palestinian transitional government that would serve for 10 or 11 months.Abbas stated that the transitional government would be in charge of two main tasks; rebuilding the Gaza Strip, and preparing for general and presidential elections. He also said that the government would follow his lead and policies as the president of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO).
â€śThis complies %100 with the reconciliation agreementâ€ť, Abbas said, â€śWe prepared the initiative, Hamas signed it with us in Cairo, the initiative calls for forming a government run by independent figures and technocratsâ€ť.
The Palestinian president further stated that the new government, headed by Dr. Salaam Fayyad, will not have a political agenda, but will only have an independent and technocrat program.
â€śThis is an effective agenda, tested and proven to be practicalâ€ť, he said, â€śFrankly, there isnâ€™t a single Arab state that received certificates and acknowledgments in
transparency as much as the government of Fayyad didâ€ť.
The Palestinian leader added that the Palestinians are holding nonviolent resistance against the occupation, similar to the nonviolent movements for change in the Arab world.
â€śI was and am still opposed to armed struggleâ€ť, Abbas said, â€śI strongly support nonviolent resistance, the nonviolent Intifada taking place right now in Palestineâ€ť.
Abbas also stated that he would resign the moment the Palestinians hold their first protest demanding him to leave his post.
â€śI promise, I will resign and will not remain in power even for a dayâ€ť, he said, â€śI will leave before anyone says we donâ€™t want Abbas in powerâ€ť.
He further stated that the Palestinian Authority will not resume peace talks with Israel before it stops all of its settlement activities and violations in the occupied territories.
â€śThis issue is clearly defined in the Road Map Peace Plan, and all related agreementsâ€ť, Abbas said, â€śDespite signing agreements and commitments, Israel keeps violating all dealsâ€ť.
The Hamas movement denounced the statement of Abbas, and considered them a violation to the signed National Unity Agreement.