Abbas, Fayyad agree to form new cabinet (JERUSALEM POST) By KHALED ABU TOAMEH 05/02/12)
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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and PA Prime Minister
Salam Fayyad have reached an 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.
The new cabinet will be headed by Fayyad and will consist of 20
ministers, the London-based Al-Quds Al- Arabi reported Tuesday.
The new cabinet will be sworn in before Abbas, the newspaper said.
The sources said that Abbas and Fayyad agreed in principle to change,
and not reshuffle, the cabinet.
Between six and seven new ministers are expected to join the new
cabinet, they said.
Abbas and Fayyad have yet to reach an agreement on the position of
While Abbas insists on keeping current Foreign Minister Riyad al-
Maliki in his position, Fayyad wants him out of the cabinet.
The sources claimed that the Abbas-Fayyad agreement calls for
appointing Nabil Qassis, former head of Bir Zeit University, as
The finance ministry has been in the hands of Fayyad since the
establishment of the West Bank government more than three years ago.
“The dispute between Abbas and Fayyad over the foreign ministry is
very big,” one source told Al-Quds Al-Arabi. “Maliki will be a hot
and hard battle, but Fayyad will lose,” the source said.
Fayyad will hold only one position in the new cabinet – prime
minister. In addition, a top Fatah official will be appointed as
deputy prime minister. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 05/02/12)
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