Palestinian leader Abbas to unveil unity govt 'by Thursday'

Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas gestures as he attends a meeting of Palestinian businessmen from East Jerusalem, at the Palestinian Authority headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on April 29, 2014. Mr Abbas will unveil a unity
Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas gestures as he attends a meeting of Palestinian businessmen from East Jerusalem, at the Palestinian Authority headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on April 29, 2014. Mr Abbas will unveil a unity government by May 29, ending seven years of rival administrations in the West Bank and Gaza, an official said. -- PHOTO: AFP

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas is to unveil a unity government by Thursday, ending seven years of rival administrations in the West Bank and Gaza, an official said.

"We have finished consultations on the national consensus government," Mr Azzam al-Ahmed, an envoy from Mr Abbas's Fatah movement, told AFP on Tuesday after talks in Gaza with its Hamas rulers.

"The announcement will come from the president in the next two days."