Hamas has submitted its cabinet list to the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday. The new cabinet includes, 14 ministers from the West Bank, 10 from Gaza Strip, including one woman and one Christian.
After the Popular Front for the LIberation of Palestine, (PFLP) decided not to join, Hamas formed the government with some independent figures.
Abbas said before meeting Haniyeh that parliament would convene soon for a vote of confidence in the new government.
It is believed that Abbas will accept this formation of the government.
"I think the president will give them a chance," said senior Palestinian negotiator and Abbas confidant Saeb Erekat.
Hamas’ failure to include more Palestinian factions in the government might increase the isolation of the Palestinian Authority.
Abbas may have to use his presidential power to fire the Prime Minister if the country gets in case of emergency such as full stop of foreign aid.
Hamas to present new government today
Palestinian Prime Minister-designate, Ismael Haniya, is almost ready to submit the names of his new government to the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday.
With the absence of the former ruling Fatah party for the first time, and the left wing Al-Badil, (the alternative) bloc and the Independent Palestine lists, Hamas may form the government in a coalition with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and some independent figures.
PFLP is a leftist Marxist party led by Ahmad Sa’adat who was abducted by the Israeli forces from Jericho Prison in a military operation few days ago.
Al-Badil is a coalition of the Palestinian People’s Party (PPP), the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) and the Palestinian Democratic Union, (FIDA), whereas the Independent Palestine list is a coalition of independent figures and the Palestinian Democratic Initiative led by Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, a well-known peace activist.
The proposed government consists of 25 ministers, two of which are from the PFLP, two independent, and one Christian from the town of
Haniya still have almost a week to present the cabinet which will be the tenth in the history of the Palestinian Authority where the first was in 1996.
Hamas, who boycotted the 1996 elections, won an absolute majority in the 2006 elections. Iy won 74 out of 132 of the Palestinian legislature.