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New cabinet reshuffle on consensus government

July 1, 2015 6:16 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 6, 2015 9:28 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- A cabinet reshuffle on the national consensus government will be taking place in few days, amember of the executive committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organization said Wednesday.

Ahmad Majdlani, said the reshuffle is slated to include five ministers, some new and some reassigned from the previous cabinet.

President Mahmoud Abbas assigned PM Rami Hamdallah on Tuesday to make "slight changes" to the existing government, while talks regarding forming a new national consensus government are still ongoing.

Moussa Abu Marzouk, a senior Hamas official, said that Hamas is refusing any reshuffle without the consensus of all parties, and that the Hamdallah-led government has neglected Gaza Strip in every way possible.

In a previous statement, Abu Marzouk had told Ma’an that Hamas wants a consensus government to govern both the Gaza Strip and West Bank, and that the group would Hamas will retain its control on Gaza Strip and split from the coming government if it was not actively included in the process.

Al-Ahmad's PLO-appointed committee began consulting Palestinian factions on forming a new government on Saturday, nearly two weeks after the dissolution of the current government was announced on June 16 at a Fatah council meeting.

Hamas leadership has largely rejected the Fatah-led PLO takeover of the government forming process, arguingthat any unity government should be a non-political entity, carrying out tasks agreed upon by all factions.

Wednesday's announcement of an imminent cabinet reshuffle comes shortly after Azzam al-Ahmad, the head of the PLO-appointed committee leading negotiations said Sunday that talks to form a new unity government had "reached an impasse."

Al-Ahmad said earlier this week that Hamas' conduct demonstrated a "lack of seriousness" in forming a new unity government,adding that he doubted a unity government would be formed.

Tibi / Tubas
Hamas has "neglected Gaza Strip in every way possible" and worse, destroyed it with war, while
Hamdallah government can do nothing useful, with tax distributions and international donations largely halted, due both to
- PLO Unilateral UN Actions, And
- Hamas Terrorism And War Crimes
01/07/2015 18:40
was this govt / elected???
if not -is this dictatorship?
01/07/2015 20:36
was this govt / elected???
if not -is this dictatorship?
01/07/2015 21:13
Outlier / USA
Forget consensus. How about a representative Palestinian government, determined by elections?
01/07/2015 21:40
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