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Abbas hails 'end' of Palestinian division as new government takes oath

Published on Jun 2, 2014 7:20 PM
 
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (centre) waves during the swearing-in ceremony of the new Palestinian unity government in the West Bank city of Ramallah on June 2, 2014. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas hailed the "end" of Palestinian division as a new government took its oath on Monday under a unity deal between leaders in the West Bank and Gaza. -- PHOTO: AFP

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas hailed the "end" of Palestinian division as a new government took its oath on Monday under a unity deal between leaders in the West Bank and Gaza.

"Today, with the formation of a national consensus government, we announce the end of a Palestinian division that has greatly damaged our national case," Mr Abbas said at his Ramallah headquarters after the new cabinet was sworn in.

"This black page in the history (of the Palestinians) has been turned forever, and we will not allow it to come back," he said.

Gaza's Hamas rulers also welcomed the new government as one for "all Palestinians" after the cabinet, which is made up of political independents, was sworn in. "We hail the national consensus government, which represents all the Palestinian people," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told AFP.

 
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