Rival Palestinians talk on members of new gov't

11:03, May 19, 2011      

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Rival Palestinian groups exchanged names of candidates for a technocratic government that will be formed according to an Egyptian-brokered deal, sources said Wednesday.

Gaza's Hamas rulers and President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party, which rules the West Bank, exchanged the names during two days of discussions in Cairo, the sources added.

The discussions were the first high-level meeting between Hamas and Fatah since Egypt brokered the Palestinian reconciliation agreement earlier this month.

The technocratic government is the first step to end the political split between Gaza and the West Bank, according to the agreement. This government will prepare for holding presidential and parliamentary polls in addition to electing a new PLO's National Council.

The split occurred when Hamas took over Gaza by force and routed pro-Abbas forces in 2007.

According to the sources, nominating the new premier and ministers of key portfolios still needs more discussions. The agreement says that the technocratic government should be made of independent figures acceptable to both Hamas and Fatah.

Source: Xinhua
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