Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has said that any new Palestinian unity government should not include Hamas.  

These remarks came on the eve of a key meeting of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation held to discuss forming a new cabinet after the government collapsed this week amid a deepening rift with Hamas, the de facto rulers of the Gaza Strip.  

Abbas is thought to be seeking to replace the government of technocrats with a government of politicians which was formed last year to overcome rivalry between Palestinian factions.           

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