Palestinian unity govt delayed until next week

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.

Palestinian unity govt delayed until next week

World Bulletin / News Desk

The announcement of a Palestinian unity government has been delayed until next week, a senior Fatah official said Thursday.

"The announcement of the government lineup has been postponed until next week for further consultations between Hamas and Fatah," Amin Maqbol, Secretary-General of Fatah's Revolutionary Council, told Anadolu Agency.

An informed source cited disagreement between the two rival groups on the foreign ministry portfolio for postponing the announcement.

"While [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud] Abbas insists on keeping Riyad al-Malik, Hamas wants another person," the source told AA.

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 calls for 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.

The unity government had been scheduled to be announced on Thursday.

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