Palestinian unity government to be unveiled Monday: Abbas
Published on Jun 1, 2014 6:21 AM
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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