Tuesday, 03 June 2014 11:22

New Palestinian unity government takes the oath

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A long-awaited new Palestinian national unity government has been sworn in before President, Mahmoud Abbas, on Monday after a landmark reconciliation deal with Hamas; that has infuriated the Zionist entity.
      
Following the oath taking ceremony at the Muqataa presidential compound in Ramallah, Abbas hailed "the end" of a bitter and sometimes bloody divide between his Fatah movement and the rival Hamas which rules Gaza.        

Hamas also applauded the new government as representing "all Palestinians," saying it was a "turning point" in its formerly bitter relations with Fatah.       

Standing on a red carpet lined with Palestinian flags, the new ministers filed to take the oath of office as Abbas stood by.      

It is the first Palestinian unity government to take office in seven years, and the first fruits of a landmark reconciliation deal signed in April.
      
"Today, with the formation of a national consensus government, we announce the end of a Palestinian division that has greatly damaged our national case," said Abbas.        

"This black page in history has been turned forever," he pledged in remarks echoed by the outgoing Hamas government in Gaza.
      
"We hail the national consensus government, which represents all the Palestinian people," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told AFP, describing it as "a turning point".
      
Hours earlier, a dispute over the fate of the prisoners' ministry raised fears the government could be delayed, but the issue was resolved after the parties agreed the portfolio would be held by prime minister Rami Hamdallah. He will also head the interior ministry.

amsi.com & agencies.

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