Khaled Hroub

The Palestinian Unity Government: an Overdue Consensual Strategy?


The tormented birth of the Palestinian national unity government could mark a truly new phase in the Palestinian struggle for self-determination.

Hamas, the mainstream Palestinian Islamist movement that was established in 1987 and won the January 2006 elections will share power with Fatah, the main Palestinian secular national force who had led the Palestinians from the late 1950s until Hama's surprise election victory this year. The main parameters of the agreement include the formation of a cabinet with almost twice as many posts going to Hamas as to Fateh. Ministers are to be only sympathisers of either movement or technocrats drawn from their second ranks.

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