Hello Baz, Abbas has the legal right to fire the Prime Minister (Haniyeh) and his government. Here, nothing illegal was done. And given the assault of Hamas on the OFFICIAL security forces, under Abbas' control as the Supreme Commander, this action of Abbas even makes sense. After declaring a State of Emergency, Abbas can suspend the Basic Law, except for some laws which the Basic Law itself forbids him from suspending (human rights, Parliament). If he wants to appoint people to run the day-to-day, the so-called new government, he can do that too and does not need the suspended "approval" of the Parliament. Abbas' legal problems will start at the end of the 30 days of the Emergency period. They can only be extended by a 2/3 vote of the members of Parliament, and Abbas does not have the vote. One imagines that by the end of the 30 days emotions will cool off enough to allow Abbas and Hamas to reach some new understanding about continuing to rule unhappily until future elections time.
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