Abbas and Fayyad Set to Reshuffle PA Cabinet (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 04/30/12)
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PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas and prime minister Salam Fayyad are set to
reshuffle the cabinet in Ramallah.
According to the Bethlehem-based Maan News Agency, Fayyad will remain
prime minister while relinquishing control of the PA´s finance
ministry to Nabil Qassis.
Qassis currently heads the Yasser Arafat Foundation and is a former
president of Birzeit University in Ramallah.
A new deputy prime minister will be appointed and several other
unnamed ministers will also be replaced, Maan reported.
Senior Fatah official Azzam Al-Ahmad told official PA radio that
Abbas and Fayyad began consultations before Abbas left for Tunisia on
Fayyad has also started consultations over the cabinet reshuffle, and
is expected to include both Islamists and independents in the new
Talks between Abbas and Fayyad – which took place this week in
Ramallah – reportedly did not address the recent schism that has
emerged between the two.
The London-based Al-Quds al-Arabi reported that a "silent crisis" had
emerged after Fayyad refused to deliver a letter from Abbas to
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier in April.
The letter was sharply critical of Israel – saying the Netanyahu
government had robbed the PA of its raison d’etre – and threatening
to continue a unilateral track in favor of bilateral negotiations.
The letter also reiterated PA preconditions for talks known to be non-
starters with Israeli officials. Namely, accepting the indefensible
pre-1967 lines as the future borders of a PA state, a second
construction freeze in Judea and Samaria, and the release of all Arab
terrorists from Israel’s prisons.
Al-Hayat newspaper reported that Fayyad dropped out of the delegation
due to a disagreement with PLO chief negotiator Saeb Erekat.
Erekat sharply criticized the report as "mean" and complained neither
he nor Fayyad were contacted for comment. Fayyad, however, has
refused to comment.
The exact nature of the disagreement over Abbas´ letter between
Fayyad and Erekat remains unknown.
Sources in Ramallah told Maan that "a full cabinet reshuffle" will
take place once Abbas returns from North Africa. (IsraelNationalNews
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