PA Forms New Government Without Hamas

YERUSHALAYIM -

The new Palestinian Authority government was sworn in on Thursday in Ramallah.

Hamas, which opposed PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s appointment of the new prime minister, did not participate.

The 24-member government, headed by PM Rami Hamdallah, a Western-trained economist, is the 15th since the establishment of the PA nearly two decades ago.

Abbas acknowedged during the ceremony that this was supposed to be a national unity government with Hamas.

“But what happened was that we still haven’t reached agreement with Hamas on holding new elections,” Abbas said. “Once we agree with Hamas, we will form a new government consisting of technocrats and independent figures.”