Abbas, Fayyad agree to form new cabinet

May 1, 2012 18:15

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad have reached agreement on the formation of a new Palestinian cabinet, Palestinian sources said Tuesday.

The agreement was reached during a three-hour meeting between the two men, the sources said.According to the sources, the agreement was made possible after Abbas abandoned his demand for a cabinet reshuffle and accepted Fayyad's request to form a new cabinet.

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The new cabinet will be headed by Fayyad and will consist of 20 ministers, the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported Tuesday.

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