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 government.
Until his appointment
earlier this week, Hamdallah served as president of An-Najah University in
"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 ministry."
As for the political program
of his government, Hamdallah said: "My government is the government of President
In a related development, several Palestinian groups announced
that they would boycott Hamdallah's government. The groups are the Popular Front
for the Liberation of Palestine, Democratic Front for the Liberation of
Palestine and the Palestinian Peoples' [Communist] Party.
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