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Abbas set to unveil new government
by Al Jazeera (reposted)
Saturday Jun 16th, 2007 8:19 AM
The Palestinian president is expected to swear in a new prime minister and emergency cabinet two days after he dismissed the Hamas-led government.
Mahmoud Abbas asked Salam Fayyad, the independent finance minister in the now disbanded unity government, to form a new cabinet after Hamas fighters took full control Gaza Strip.

Upheaval in the wake of Hamas's takeover continued in the West Bank on Saturday with Fatah fighters and activists storming a Palestinian parliament building in Ramallah to protest the move.

Fighters grabbed the deputy speaker, who is linked to Hamas, and dragged him from the building.

In the West Bank city of Hebron, al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades fighters, an offshoot of Fatah, stormed government offices and set up checkpoints to search for Hamas members.

by UK Guardian (reposted)
Saturday Jun 16th, 2007 8:33 AM

Ian Black, Middle East editor
Saturday June 16, 2007
The Guardian

Hamas's armed takeover of the Gaza Strip has left Palestinians shocked and wondering out loud whether reconciliation is possible - or whether further disasters now await them after this landmark moment in their troubled history.

Neither the Islamist movement nor its Fatah rival can see a quick or easy way out of this new impasse, even if logic suggests both must seek conciliation to avoid a permanent geographical and political split between the coastal enclave and the West Bank - the two parts of any putative Palestinian state. Arab governments, worried by Hamas's victory, will encourage them to do so. The US and Europe are less sure.

As the dust settled over Thursday's dramatic military developments, it was the turn of political leaders in Palestine, Israel, the wider Middle East and beyond to consider their next moves.