Ma'an News Agency
March 15, 2011 - 12:00am

Government officials in Ramallah will meet Monday to hear appointed Prime Minister Salam Fayyad's proposal for a new Palestinian Authority cabinet, officials said.

Discussions of the proposal will continue until Wednesday, when the cabinet is expected to be announced, government spokesman Ghassan Al-Khatib told Ma'an.

If Fayyad does not present a proposal on Monday, Al-Khatib noted, President Mahmoud Abbas will have the option of asking another individual to form the new government.

Insiders said the move was not likely, since leaked reports say Fayyad is ready with his proposed cabinet.

On Monday, officials from the Palestinian People's Party announced that they would not participate in the new government, the faction's secretary-general Bassam As-Salhy saying the PPP would prefer "to look on from the outside."

He did not say whether the party had been asked to join.

Fayyad submitted the resignation of his cabinet on Feb. 14 and was re-appointed as prime minister with a mandate to re-assemble a government, just months before expected local and legislative elections.


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