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Abbas appoints new attorney-general

Nov. 22, 2012 4:53 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 24, 2012 12:20 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma’an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas appointed Muhammad Abdul-Ghani al-Oweiwi as the new attorney-general to the Palestinian Authority on Wednesday.

Al-Oweiwi has been standing in for Ahmad al-Mughni, who stood down in August.

The government then provoked outrage from judicial authorities and legal experts by proposing that the justice minister, Ali Muhanna, take on the role of the attorney-general in addition to his ministerial portfolio.

Critics said the measure would damage the separation of judicial and executive authorities, critical for democratic checks and balances. The government later shelved the measure.

Oweiwi, from Hebron, has been assistant attorney-general for seven years. He was a negotiator in the deal that ended a mass hunger strike in Israeli jails in 1992, and a member of the PLO commission of inquiry into the massacre of the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron in 1994.
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