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Palestinian unity government to be unveiled Monday: Abbas

Published on Jun 1, 2014 6:21 AM
A handout picture released by the Palestinian president's office shows Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (right) meeting with Palestinian premier Rami Hamdallah in the West Bank city of Ramallah to hand over an agreement for Hamdallah to head the consensus government to be to be formed under a deal with Hamas to end seven years of rival administrations in the West Bank and Gaza. -- PHOTO: AFP

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said the line-up of a unity government will be announced on Monday, after a delay over who will head the foreign ministry.

Islamists Hamas and the Western-backed Palestine Liberation Organisation, which is dominated by Abbas’s secular Fatah party, signed a surprise reconciliation agreement in April to end years of rivalry.

Under the deal, the sides are to work to form an “independent government” of technocrats, paving the way for long-delayed elections.

“The unity government comprising technocrats and independents will be revealed on Monday,” Mr Abbas said on Saturday during a visit by a French delegation to his Ramallah headquarters on the West Bank.

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