Palestinian government sworn in, again, after botched oath

15 April, 2019, 22:57 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Illustrative Palestinians confront Israeli forces near the border with Israel east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip

Ishtayeh's Cabinet will convene for the first time on Monday.

President Mahmoud Abbas said he will send a delegation to Cairo, in two days, to follow up with the Palestinian reconciliation issue.

The new government consists of 24 ministers from the Palestine Liberation Organization, or PLO, Abbas' Fatah Party, the Palestinian People's Party, the FIDA party and the Palestinian Popular Struggle Front, in addition to independent figures.

Mohammad Shtayyeh, an economist and longtime Abbas adviser, will serve as prime minister of the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority.

The rival Hamas group that runs Gaza called the move blow to unity efforts that faltered since the two groups signed a new reconciliation deal in Cairo in October 2017, but disputes over power-sharing had blocked the implementation of the agreement.


"The Palestinian cause is passing through hard circumstances, but Palestinians and their leadership are responsible", he noted.

Khalil al-Hayya, deputy chief of Hamas and a member in Hamas' politburo, said the new government of Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtaye "is very far from any Palestinian national accord or any legal measure".

The peace plan is being developed by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, an Orthodox Jew whose close family ties to Netanyahu have heightened Palestinian suspicions over whether the United States administration can serve as an honest broker.

Abbas also conveyed Palestinians' dismissal of the peace proposal since it excludes Jerusalem, saying "therefore, we don't want to hear the rest of the plan".

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