April 27, 2010 - 12:00am

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party agreed that Prime Minister Salam Fayyad reshuffles his government but said that Fatah should enjoy more presentation in the cabinet, an official said on Tuesday.

Fatah's Revolutionary Council, which convened for three days in Ramallah, "agreed that amendments should be applied on the structure of the government in a way giving the movement (Fatah) more sovereign roles," Ameen Maqboul, a council member, told Voice of Palestine radio.

Abbas formed the government based in the West Bank city of Ramallah in 2007 after Islamic Hamas movement routed his security forces in Gaza. The Western-backed independent prime minister assigned most of his portfolios to independents.

In May 2009, Fayyad reshuffled his cabinet and tasked more Fatah officials with heading ministries.

However, Maqboul said "Fatah's role was not clear in the government" despite its participation, adding that Fatah constituencies want to see a leading role of Fatah in the government.

Maqboul said Fatah's Revolutionary Council will release its final statement later in the day and would stress establishing a Palestinian statehood "is part of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)'s work since it is the sole representative of the Palestinian people."


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