Legal term for interim PA cabinet expires Tuesday
Published Tuesday 17/09/2013 (updated) 21/09/2013 13:49
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The interim Palestinian Authority cabinet of caretaker prime minister Rami Hamdallah will convene on Tuesday for the last time before the expected announcement of a new permanent cabinet.
Ehab Bseiso, spokesman for the interim PA cabinet, told Ma'an that Palestinian Basic Law allows the interim PM five weeks to form a permanent government.
The legal five week term ends on Tuesday and Hamdallah is expected to propose a new cabinet to president Abbas.
An official date has yet to be set to announce the formation of a new government, Bseiso added.
Senior PLO official Jamal Muheisin told Ma'an that only a minor cabinet reshuffle is expected. The new cabinet was not announced before due to the busy travel schedule of caretaker PM Hamdallah, he added.
Abbas asked Hamdallah to form a new government on Aug. 13, and gave him a time-frame of 5 weeks.
Hamdallah resigned on June 23 after just over two weeks on the job, and was appointed interim prime minister.