World Bulletin / News Desk
The government in the besieged Gaza Strip announced on Sunday seven new cabinet ministers, after its reshuffle received final approval from lawmakers.
Maan news agency reported, Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh told the MPs the reshuffle was necessary, despite hopes his party would implement last year's reconciliation deal with Fatah and end the separation into different governments in Gaza and the West Bank.
"We have delayed the cabinet reshuffle several times to create an atmosphere conducive to national reconciliation, but winds blew counter to the ships’ desire, and reconciliation was postponed," Haniyeh said.
The reorganization of the cabinet intends to give more focus to administrative and service projects, including supervision of a number of large construction works funded by Qatar and the Development Bank in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the premier said.
A new post of head of the bureau for financial and administrative supervision will be created, he continued.
Haniyeh added that his new cabinet would exert efforts to reach a reconciliation agreement, to serve citizens, maintain good relations with the surrounding Arab and Islamic countries, and to create new job opportunities.
The incoming ministers are:
Ziad Zhazha: Minister of finance and deputy prime minister.
Mufeed al-Mukhallalati: Minister of health.
Yousif al-Ghreiz: Minister of public works and housing.
Ismail Radwan: Minister of Islamic endowments.
Mazin Haniyeh: Minister of justice.
Jawad al-Farra: Minister of local governance.
Ali Tarshawi: Minister of agriculture.
Israel has held bodies of 18 Palestinians killed by its army after alleged attacks
Visa-free travel proposal will inflate numbers of Turkish tourists to Greek islands, Greek association official hopes
'We understand the tunnel was approximately 28 to 29 metres (100 feet) deep in the southern Gaza Strip, stretching from Gazan territory into Israel,' army says
The bulk carrier Liberty Grace docked in Port Sudan on the Red Sea coast with a cargo of 47,500 tonnes of sorghum, a staple food in Sudan
Armenia says it would debate a law that would recognise Karabakh as an independent country
UN mission was established in 1991, after brokered ceasefire between Morocco and Polisario Front
Earlier this week, Iraqi army, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, launched offensive to regain control of Fallujah
Aleksandar Vucic's is now set to control 131 parliamentary seats -- enough for a majority in the legislature, but 27 seats less than before the April 24 vote
Both HRW and the Norweigan Helsinki Committee have called for the release of four lawyers who have been imprisoned in Tajikistan
Prime Minister Beata Szydło has abolished Poland's Council for the Prevention of Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance amid widespread concern that has been condemned by the opposition
Cricket mad refugees from Pakistan and Afghanistan are using the sport to build bridges between communities in Germany
Terrorist organisations within Syria and Turkey had planned to carry out a number of attacks near Moscow
So far, no casualties have been reported, eyewitnesses say
UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees requests $80M from Saudi, UAE and Kuwait to put Palestinian kids through school
Recommendation comes day after police rescue ex-Senator Anisulowo, who was kidnapped in southwestern Ogun State