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Abbas may head new Palestinian govt

An interim Palestinian government is in the cards and would include independent personalities from major international institutions, says Sama News Agency

Saleh Naami , Tuesday 3 May 2011

Palestinian Sama News Agency revealed Tuesday morning that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas may resort to forming and heading a transitional government if there is no consensus over the appointment of an independent personality as premiere.

On its website, Sama reported that, according to its sources, the coming Palestinian government will include independents who will fill posts in major international institutions or have before.

Sama’s sources mentioned that offers to join the government were in fact carried out to such personalities, some of whom turned down the offer while others have yet to reply.

The sources also mentioned that the leaderships of Fatah and Hamas were disturbed by the fact that certain Palestinian personalities have fed media with unsubstantiated news of their nominations in the forthcoming government.

In relation to the newly agreed upon reconciliation, Sama’s sources reported that the EU’s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, will attend the signing of the joint agreement between Fatah and Hamas Wednesday morning.

Joining Ashton in attendance will be Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as well as a number of delegations from European, Arab and Asian states.

Abbas’s political advisor, Nemr Hammad, had informed him that the EU expressed its belief to the Palestinian Authority that signing the national reconciliation will be a significant step that would strengthen its official standing.

The EU also stressed that Fatah must not back down from its position regarding Hamas not recognising Israel as a state.

In a statement, Hammad said that in the signing Abbas will renew Palestinian commitment to treaties signed with Israel and will stress Palestinian positions that adhere with international legitimacy. 

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