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UPDATED: 19:56, February 21, 2006
Youssef denies new Palestinian security chief appointment
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Palestinian Interior Minister Nasser Youssef denied on Tuesday an alleged report that Rasheed Abu Shback was appointed as the general chief of the internal security in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

"There's no certain news about issuing a presidential decree that states to appoint Abu Shback as the general chief of the Internal Security," Youssef told reporters in Gaza.

Abu Shback, currently serving as the major general and chief of preventive security in the Gaza Strip, is a member of the Fatah movement led by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

If he was promoted to the alleged post, he would be chief of the Preventive security, Police and Civil defense apparatus, which means that all Palestinian security apparatuses will be under the control of Fatah as the national security and intelligence agencies are already controlled by Abbas.

Media reports said on Monday that President Abbas had decided to issue a presidential decree to promote Abu Shback as the general chief of the internal security both in the Gaza strip and West Bank.

Abbas, whose Fatah was defeated in the Jan. 25 parliamentary election, met with leaders from Fatah's rival, the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), Monday night on formation of a new cabinet.

A Hamas official said that Abbas will officially charge Hamas's candidate for prime minister Ismail Haneya on Tuesday with forming the new Palestinian government.

Source: Xinhua

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