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Monday, February 14, 2011

Palestinian cabinet quits in reform move by Abbas

Following the resignation of the chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, last week, today the Palestinian cabinet resigned in what appears to be a demonstration of political reform.  On Saturday, the Palestinian Authority announced it call for presidential and legislative elections in September.  Hamas has stated it will not participate in the election or recognize the results.
The Palestinian cabinet resigned on Monday, in an apparent attempt by President Mahmoud Abbas to demonstrate political reform in the wake of the popular uprising in Egypt.

The shake-up could bolster the standing of President Mahmoud Abbas among Palestinians dissatisfied with the workings of a cabinet regarded by many as dysfunctional.

The reshuffle had been demanded by Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, who has spearheaded efforts to create institutions for a Palestinian state. Fayyad will retain his post and select new ministers, officials said.
Read more at TPM

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