Hamas wrapped up coalition talks Thursday after failing to secure the support of other parties, and said it would form a government of Hamas politicians, technocrats and independents - a composition likely to deepen the international isolation of the Islamic militants.
Hamas said it planned to present its Cabinet to the Palestinian parliament for approval on Monday.
However, it first needs to get the go-ahead from Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who is to meet with the Islamic militants over the weekend.
Abbas is expected to ask the Islamic militants to rework their government program, said an official close to Abbas who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to discuss the content of such meetings with reporters. Abbas is to tell Hamas its hard-line platform is too vague and thus unacceptable, the official said.
Hamas, which won an absolute majority in parliamentary elections in January, cannot seek parliament approval unless Abbas has signed off on the new Cabinet.
Hamas has refused to moderate their views, despite threats by the U.S. and Europe that they will cut off aid to the PA unless Hamas recognizes Israel, renounces violence and accepts existing peace deals.
The main sticking point in coalition talks has been Hamas' refusal to recognize a unilateral Palestinian declaration of independence that was issued in 1988 and included a recognition of Israel.
Hamas also refused to recognize the Palestine Liberation Organization as the umbrella group for all Palestinian factions and the PA. Hamas is not a member of the PLO, which considers itself the sole representative of the Palestinian people.
Smaller Palestinian parties fear that Hamas would one day declare the PLO dissolved.
Hamas legislator Mushir al-Masri said Thursday's round of negotiations was the final one. He did not say outright that the talks had failed. However, he said that if Hamas does not find coalition partners, it will present a Cabinet staffed with Hamas politicians and independents.
Hamas spokesman Salah Bardawil said the group had mostly put together the Cabinet. "The majority of the Cabinet members will be from outside parliament, and some independents and technocrats," he said in a statement on the Hamas web site.
Earlier Thursday, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, said it did not find common ground with Hamas. The PFLP had been considered one of the most likely coalition partners.
Abbas' Fatah has said repeatedly it would not join a Hamas government.
Al-Masri acknowledged that Hamas encountered trouble in coalition talks, in part because of the group's refusal to recognize Israel. "This issue is rejected by Hamas," al-Masri said.
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