Thursday, May 21, 2009

Palestinian reconciliation talks fail

Egyptian-sponsored negotiations between political rivals Fateh and Hamas have failed after an extended process to build a unity government to administer both the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The final round of talks seemed to have ended on Monday, causing Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to appoint Salam Fayyad, a member of the independent "Third Way" party as prime minister. Fayyad quickly selected his cabinent, explaining that this caretaker government was a temporary solution to the problem of Palestinian unity. The two rival factions - Hamas and Fateh - have come to agreement on one point, however. Both parties have rejected Fayyad's government as illegal and are boycotting the administration. The new Palestinian Authority cabinet is made up of mostly Fateh representatives with of smaller, independent parties or technocrats filling some posts.

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