Abbas makes second cabinet reshuffle

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has reshuffled the Palestinian unity government for the second time and appointed three new ministers.

Hamas Movement has expressed its total rejection of the reshuffle, considering it a violation of the reconciliation agreement.

The three new ministers in the Palestinian cabinet were sworn-in Monday at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah before Abbas and in the presence of Palestinian premier Rami Hamdallah.

The reshuffle is the second to be conducted on the unity government since its formation in June 2014 after reaching a national reconciliation agreement in Gaza.

The leader in the Hamas Movement Salah Bardawil described Abbas’s decision as “unilateral”, which is meant to circumvent national partnership.

Earlier on August 31, Abbas reshuffled the government for the first time and appointed five new ministers.

At that time, Hamas considered the step as a “coup” against the reconciliation agreement.

(Source / 14.12.2015)

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