Fatah Official Says New Government To Be Announced After Cairo Meeting


Fatah leader Mohammad al-Nahhal said Saturday a new government is to be announced after a Cairo meeting between President Abbas and Hamas leader Khalid Mashaal.

Al-Nahhal told Ma’an the meeting has been well prepared to yield the best possible results. “The Palestinian people will witness in the next few days the birth of reconciliation,” he said.

Several names have been suggested for the position of prime minister, al-Nahhal added, a role which had been a major sticking point in implementing the reconciliation deal signed in May.

A source in Cairo said Saturday that President Abbas will meet Mashaal on Nov. 24 in Cairo.

It will be their first meeting since signing a deal in the Egyptian capital to end years of rivalry between Hamas and the president’s Fatah party that split Palestinians into separate administrations in the West Bank and Gaza.

The agreement set out a path for the creation of a transitional government of technocrats, but has yet to be fully implemented.


Launched in 2005, Ma'an News Agency (MNA) publishes news around the clock in Arabic and English, and is among the most browsed websites in the Palestinian territories, with over 3 million visits per month.

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