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New Palestinian government announced as all eyes on ‘day after’ in Gaza

March 28, 2024
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas approved a new cabinet Thursday amid growing reports that a new government and a reformed PA will take over the Gaza Strip after the end of the Israel-Hamas war.
Prime Minister-designate Mohammad Mustafa submitted his cabinet lineup and action plan to Abbas, who issued a presidential decree installing the new government, the official Palestinian WAFA news agency reported.
The new formation includes 23 ministers, five of them from Gaza, according to the Associated Press. In addition to the premiership, Mustafa will also hold the position of foreign minister.
Ziad Hab al-Reeh, former head of the PA’s internal intelligence agency and member of the Fatah movement — which Abbas also heads — remained in his position as interior minister. Former head of the Palestinian Businessmen Association Muhamad al-Amour was appointed economy minister.
The government’s program includes plans to facilitate relief and humanitarian aid for the people in the Gaza Strip as well as reconstruction efforts in both Gaza and the West Bank, according to WAFA. The government will also work on reforming and unifying institutions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Abbas tasked Mustafa with forming a new government earlier this month.
Mustafa, who chairs the board of the Palestine Investment Fund, is also a member of the PLO’s Executive Committee. He has served as Abbas’ senior economic adviser since 2005 and held the position of minister of national economy from 2013 to 2014.
His appointment came amid growing US pressure to overhaul the PA and form a new government capable of running postwar Gaza.
Hamas has been ruling the Gaza Strip since expelling the PA in 2007. Since then, all mediation efforts by regional actors have failed to end the Palestinian division.
Israel launched its air and ground campaign in the Gaza Strip in response to Hamas’ cross-border assault on Oct. 7, during which militants killed nearly 1,200 people and took over 240 others hostage. In Gaza, the war has left more than 32,000 people dead and nearly 75,000 others injured, according to the Health Ministry in the enclave.

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