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Hamas, Islamic Jihad dismiss premier post

Islamic militants on Tuesday declared their opposition to the Palestinian Authority’s decision to create a new post of prime minister. Hamas and Islamic Jihad said they would never accept a post that was imposed under pressure from Israel and the United States. The Palestinian parliament on Monday approved appointing a prime minister nominated by President Yasser Arafat. Three opposition left-wing parties of the Palestine Liberation Organization also expressed reservations about creating the new post. Hamas’s spokesman in Gaza, Abdel Aziz Ranteesi, said his movement could never accept creation of a new office “as a result of the pressure of the Zionists and the Americans who are aiming at killing our intifada and our resistance.” Ranteesi said that Hamas was not opposing individuals within the Palestinian Authority, but that “we reject blind dictation and immediate response to the American and Zionist desires. Full Story

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