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Abbas appoints new Palestinian PM
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has appointed a new prime minister, a day after dissolving the Hamas-led unity coalition, officials say.
Former Finance Minister Salam Fayyad, an independent, has been asked to take over and form an emergency government.
The move comes amid political upheaval in Gaza, where Hamas has taken control after routing Fatah rivals.
But Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya has said he will ignore Mr Abbas' decision to dismiss the government.
An uneasy calm has returned to the Gaza Strip after a week of fierce fighting between members of Mr Abbas' Fatah movement and Hamas, which has claimed at least 100 lives.
On its first day of rule, Hamas said it had released several top Fatah military commanders under a prisoner "amnesty".
On Friday, vehicles returned to the roads and shops were open in Gaza. Few armed men were visible on the streets and there were reports of only sporadic gunfire.