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W. Bank-based Palestinian gov't to draft three-year plan of reform
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20:28, August 22, 2007

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Prime Minister Salam Fayyad of the Palestinian caretaker government based in this West Bank city announced Wednesday that his government was to lay out a three- year plan of reform and development for the Palestinian National Authority (PNA).

Fayyad called on the ministries, representing different sectors in the Palestinian territories, to "determine their priorities and needs by the end of the year to be studied and included in the plan."

"The plan would be financed by both the international donors' aid and the Palestinian resources," said the U.S.-backed premier, who was a former economist at the World Bank.

"The plan would form a frame for the people's priorities, and will be a cornerstone for a society able to live," he said.

"This work is difficult and comprehensive. We have to achieve what's demanded from us within this year," Fayyad said. "When the plan is finalized, it will apply to both the Gaza Strip and West Bank."

Hamas movement, which has been ruling the Gaza Strip since mid- June, has accused the Palestinian leadership of President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah movement of being corrupt and disorganized.

Fayyad's caretaker government was set up on June 17, three days after Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip, which prompted Abbas to sack the Hamas-led coalition government.

Hamas considers Fayyad's government as "illegitimate" and has continued to run its own government in the Gaza Strip.

Source: Xinhua

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