Hamas to Finalise Cabinet

Hamas has named one of its own as finance minister, which could bolster a US and Israeli campaign to isolate the government economically, and finalised its choices for other cabinet posts.

Hamas to Finalise Cabinet

World Bulletin / Mehmet Ali Kaçmaz

It follows four weeks of talks on possible coalitions. It is expected that key posts will go to Hamas. On Friday, Mr Abbas' Fatah party announced that it had refused to join a Hamas-led government. Fatah wanted Hamas to recognise Palestinian agreements with Israel, but Hamas leaders have refused to do so.

"Hamas has ended the formation of the government. The cabinet is ready to be presented to President Mahmoud Abbas in a meeting to be agreed with him," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told the Reuters news agency.

Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, said on Saturday: "Hamas has ended the formation of the government. The cabinet is ready to be presented to President Mahmoud Abbas in a meeting to be agreed with him."

Aljazeera has learnt that the government will comprise 24 ministers, 14 of them from the West Bank and 10 from the Gaza Strip. Hamas will have seven ministers, all from the Palestinian Legislative Council, and the remaining portfolios will go to independents and technocrats. The line-up will include a Christian and a woman.

Other sources in the Islamist group said Umar Abd al-Raziq, an economics professor and a Hamas election official, would be appointed to the post of finance minister. Hamas, which won parliamentary elections in January, was expected to name an independent to be economy minister. Abd al-Raziq, a professor at al-Najah University in the West Bank, was arrested by Israeli forces in January but released three days ago, Hamas sources said.

Mahmoud al-Zahar, a Hamas leader in Gaza, whom Israel has tried to assassinate, would be appointed foreign minister, Hamas sources said.

Saeed Seyam, another Hamas leader, would become interior minister, giving him control over three Palestinian security agencies.

A Fatah spokesman said Mr Abbas would be travelling to Gaza and would meet the prime minister-designate, Ismail Haniya, within 24 hours.

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