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Palestinian gov't to be formed in mid-Feb: Fatah

(Xinhua)

08:17, February 07, 2012

RAMALLAH, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- A Fatah official said here on Monday that the Palestinian transitional government will be formed in middle February after factions agreed in Doha that President Mahmoud Abbas will head the interim ruling body.

The understanding reached between Abbas and Hamas' chief Khaled Mashaal is that the government will be formed in middle February, said Nabil Shaath, a member of Fatah Central Committee.

Abbas and Mashaal reached the deal on Monday, the second day of intensive talks they held in Doha under Qatar's auspices.

Within a week, the discussions will focus on selecting the government's members, Shaath told Xinhua. The ministers would be independents, but Hamas, Fatah and all Palestinian groups will participating in nominating them.

"The formation of the government of understanding practically means the end of separate presence of two governments respectively in Gaza and the West Bank," Shaath said, adding that "this is the first serious step toward ending the internal split."

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