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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Fayyad government to be disbanded?

The 'Palestinian' Maan news service is reporting that 'Palestinian Prime Minister' Salam Fayyad's government is to be disbanded next week.
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.
Why? What will change? Fatah wants closer control of the 'government' and Fayyad will either have to fall into line or be out of a job regardless of how much the West likes him.

Of course, the US could try to protect Fayyad's position - it remains to be seen whether they will.



At 11:42 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

From this news we can take away two things: Fayyad will be a figurehead for Fatah which will set the real policies.

And there will be no direct talks with Israel any time soon since the Palestinians now have another excuse: they need to get a new government set up. That won't happen very quickly.

And its barely six weeks to September and the Palestinians act like they have all the time in the world.

They have no great desire to heed Obama's pleas to do the one thing that might allow him to resume placing pressure upon Israel for them to take more Israeli concessions.


At 2:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

are they ever going to have elections again?


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