Ma'an News Agency
July 28, 2010 - 12:00am

The Ramallah-based government led by premier Salam Fayyad will be disbanded and a new Palestinian Authority cabinet will be formed next week, a high-ranking Fatah official said Tuesday.

Fatah's parliament speaker Azzam Al-Ahmad told Ma'an radio that President Abbas would consult with Palestinian factions over the new structure of the PA. Fayyad or another politician will be tasked with forming a government, he said.

After meeting with Fatah lawmakers in Ramallah, Al-Ahmad said the restructuring of the PA cabinet would include all PLO factions and independent figures but would remain affiliated to Fatah regardless of its prime minister and cabinet members' political party. It will strictly follow Fatah party policies, he said.

Reports of the reshuffle first surfaced in February, after general Palestinian elections due for January were deferred. However, the move was only confirmed in May as Abbas sanctioned indirect talks with Israel.

Fatah Central Committee member Nabil Sha'ath said at the time that the movement was not trying to seize several ministries, disputing reports in the Israeli media, but rather "demanding key ministries."


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