Abbas Loyalists Dominate New Palestinian Government

Elias Hubbard
April 15, 2019

Meanwhile, Abbas said he does not think it is useful to talk with the United States President Donald Trump about any solution or issue, after he recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moved the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

"We are determined to restore national unity between Gaza and the West Bank", he said while chairing the new Palestinian cabinet's first session.

Official Palestinian news agency WAFA said the oath was indeed repeated, adding that the mistake had been caused by a "typing error".

"We were hoping and will hope to go for a national unity government that will be a salvation government that rescues the current national Palestinian status", said al-Hayya in a press statement.

He said the error could have placed the government's legality in doubt.

"More developments will take place in the coming days but we will cooperate and confront it together because they are going to be hard", said Abbas.

They say 84-year-old Abbas, in power since 2005, retains the real decision-making authority.

Mohammad Shtayyeh, an economist and longtime Abbas adviser, will serve as prime minister of the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority.

However, fighting between Hamas and Fatah, alongside Israeli action against the Palestinian government, led to open conflict, allowing the former to take control of the Gaza Strip.

The new government consists of 24 ministers from the Palestine Liberation Organization, or PLO, Abbas' Fatah Party, the Palestinian People's Party, the FIDA party and the Palestinian Popular Struggle Front, in addition to independent figures.

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