The Palestinian National Unity Government of Hamas and Fatah was sworn-in on 2 June 2014 by the Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas in West Bank City of Ramallah. With the formation of new government, the Hamas government in Gaza strip resigned.
The Unity Government will be headed by incumbent Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamadallah and is composed of 17 independent ministers. The Unity Government comprises of professionals and does not have members of neither Fatah and Hamas. Three of them are women and half of them have served in last Palestinian Authority government. \
The new Government after assuming the office will oversee the Parliamentary and Presidential elections in Palestine.
This swearing-in is historical as it signifies an end of seven years of bitter relations between the two main Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, due to which Palestine remained divided.
Before this reconciliation Abbas and Hamas ruled two different factions of Palestine
However, Israel that has designated Hamas as a terrorist organisation has opposed this reconciliation and formation of the unity government and has urged the world leaders not to rush and recognise the new government. The security cabinet of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also termed that now Israel will hold Abbas and the new Palestinian government accountable for any rocket fire from the Gaza strip.
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Where: West Bank City of Ramallah
When: 2 June 2014
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