Abbas asks Fayyad to form new government

Abbas asks Fayyad to form new government

 By Ma'an News Agency

14.2.2011
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RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad tendered his government's resignation Monday, just months before expected local and legislative elections. 

The move, announced during an early morning cabinet meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah, had been discussed since June 2010, with the latest delay due to the popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, officials said.
 
Following the resignation, Abbas asked Fayyad to work to appoint a new cabinet, which would focus on "mobilizing the energy of Palestinians to support national institutions with the aim of quickly establishing a Palestinian state by September."
 
Abbas directed Fayyad to consult civil society, institutions and the political factions as he formed the new cabinet, and thanked the outgoing members for their time and efforts. 
 
Officials said at least one new ministry would be created, under the tentative title of Ministry of Civil Society, while seven others would change, including the ministries of health, agriculture, tourism, and foreign affairs. 
 
"The new government will represent all the PLO factions in the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem, and will also include academic personalities," the source said.
 
Reforming the cabinet is expected to take two weeks, a government source told Ma'an ahead of the resignation.