Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister designate Ismael Haniyeh have finally agreed on the name of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, which was one of the issues on the agenda of the meeting that joined both of them on Sunday, informed Palestinian sources reported.Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister designate Ismael Haniyeh have finally agreed on the name of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, which was one of the issues on the agenda of the meeting that joined both of them on Sunday, informed Palestinian sources reported.
The Palestine News Network said that Dr. Ziad Abu Amr will be the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the coming government which is expected to be declared by the end of this week.
The source added that a ministerial committee is formed to set the political program of the new government.
While the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be part of Fatah quota in the government, no agreement has been reached regarding the Minister of Interior as Abbas rejected all Hamas’ candidates for this portfolio.
Abbas demanded that Hamas nominates independent figures for the Interior portfolio.
So far, the Palestinian People’s Party and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) will be given a Portfolio each, and the door will be open for the Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) to join the government.
The PFLP has already stated last week that it will not join the government, as it rejects some basic issues in the process of forming the new government.
On the other hand, MP Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative is expected to be the Minister of Information, and MP Dr. Salam Fayyad, will become Minister of Finance, meanwhile, contrary to previous statements the Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command said it will not take part of the government.
The Ministry of Interior and the Deputy Prime Minister are two obstacles pending to be agreed upon which if resolved will pave the way for forming and declaring the new government.