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PA cabinet: Eid begins Tuesday

Aug. 26, 2011 11:36 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 26, 2011 2:52 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority cabinet on Tuesday announced the West Bank and Gaza will revert to summer time at the start of the Eid Al-Fitr holiday on August 30.

At the weekly Ramallah-based government meeting, ministers also assured civil servants that their salaries would be paid on Thursday despite the ongoing financial crisis, a statement released Friday said.

The holy month of Ramadan concludes with three days of festivities, the date set by the lunar schedule. Eid Al-Fitr holidays will begin Tuesday, the ministers said, and time would revert to 3 hours GMT, after clocks were were pushed back an hour in the West Bank and Gaza during Ramadan.

While the financial situation of the government remains precarious, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad updated ministers on the search for stable funds.

The meeting affirmed its support for the PA bid for Palestinian statehood at the UN in September, and said the government was "fully confident in the peoples’ awareness and their efforts in rallying around peaceful popular resistance."

The government "called on the people and all employees in governmental institutions and non-governmental organizations to engage in these popular actions which should remain peaceful in nature."

A special postal stamp and postcard will be produced to mark the occasion of the UN bid, after ministerial endorsement, the statement said.

Government ministers also approved the recommendations of a committee unifying the Kafriyat area, seven villages in the southern Tulkarem governorate sharing joint municipal services.

Ministers sent a celebratory Eid message to the Palestinian people and Arab and Islamic nations, saying "God willing, by next year we will have fulfilled our aspirations and of freedom, return, self-determination and have established the independent Palestinian state with full sovereignty on the borders of 1967 and East Jerusalem as its capital."

This version corrects the prior article stating time would revert to 2 hours GMT
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