Rami Hamdallah 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini)
The new Palestinian Authority government, headed by Prime Minister-designate
Rami Hamdallah, will be sworn in on Thursday.
Hamdallah said that the
government would consist of 24 ministers, most of whom will retain their current
Hamdallah said during the the signing of a cooperation
agreement between An- Najah University and the Higher Palestinian Judicial
Council that his government will serve until August 14, the date set for
reaching a deal between Hamas and Fatah over the formation of a unity
Until his appointment earlier this week, Hamdallah served as
president of An-Najah University in Nablus.
“Most of the ministers will
remain in their jobs with minor changes to the government,” Hamdallah said. “A
new minister needs two to three months to get acquainted with his or her
As for the political program of his government, Hamdallah
said: “My government is the government of President Mahmoud
Several Palestinian groups announced that they would boycott
Hamdallah’s government, including the Popular Front for the Liberation of
Palestine, Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Palestinian
Peoples’ (Communist) Party.