World Bulletin / News Desk
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday officially asked Rami Hamdallah to form a new national unity government.
"Hamdallah was tasked with forming the new interim government; I wish him success in this difficult task," Abbas said in a statement that carried the presidential decree stipulating the formation of a new Palestinian government.
Last month, Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, and Fatah, which rules the occupied West Bank, hammered out a reconciliation deal with a view to ending the rifts that have marred their relations since 2007.
The deal stipulates the formation of a government of national accord to serve until legislative and presidential polls can be held in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
On Tuesday, Hamas said it had agreed with Fatah to name Hamdallah, prime minister of the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, as the head of the new unity government.
"The two parties did not face much difficulty settling on Hamdallah, who is an academic with no political affiliations," political analyst Abdel-Majeed Sweilem told Anadolu Agency.
"On the external level, the U.S. and European Union have also backed Hamdallah, who has been welcomed by the international community," the analyst said.
A senior Fatah official told AA on Thursday that the announcement of a Palestinian unity government had been delayed until next week.
A source close to the talks between the two factions attributed the delay to disagreements over who would be responsible for the sensitive Foreign Ministry portfolio.
"While Abbas insists on keeping Riyad al-Maliki [as foreign minister], Hamas wants someone else," the source told AA.Last Mod: 29 Mayıs 2014, 17:49