RAMALLAH, (PIC)-- Dr. Aziz Dwaik, the Palestinian legislative council speaker (PLC), has postponed resuming his work at the PLC premises in Ramallah to next Sunday instead of Wednesday.
Parliamentary sources on Tuesday evening told PIC that Dr. Dwaik decided to delay his resumption of work after consulting with all parliamentary blocs to avert new political tensions in the Palestinian arena.
They added that Dr. Dwaik addressed a message to the parliamentary blocs and the media on the step but he was surprised that certain Fatah circles had expressed reservations despite the agreement on that matter during Dr. Dwaik's meeting with Mahmoud Abbas, whose term as PA chief had expired in January 2009.
The sources explained that parliamentary blocs held separate meetings with Hamas and Fatah blocs that ended in agreement on adjourning Dr. Dwaik's resumption of duties to Sunday instead of Wednesday.
They said that various parliamentary blocs, including those of Hamas and Fatah, are scheduled to meet at noon Wednesday to discuss means of reactivating the PLC and its members in a bid to build a positive atmosphere that would contribute in achieving national reconciliation and end division.
Dr. Dwaik told Safa news agency on Tuesday that Abbas had welcomed his return to assume his duties.
The PLC speaker expressed dismay at the statements by Ibrahim Khreisha, who is calling himself secretary of the PLC, in which he refused to recognize Dr. Dwaik as speaker of the PLC.
Dr. Dwaik was released from Israeli occupation jails on 23/6 after three years in detention for affiliation with the Hamas Movement in a flagrant violation of his parliamentary immunity.