Hamdallah: Prisoner ministry replaced by committee
Published Monday 02/06/2014 (updated) 04/06/2014 20:25
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah confirmed Monday that the Ministry of Prisoner Affairs will be replaced by a committee to be headed by Shawqi al-Ayasa.
The dissolution of the ministry had been a considerable point of contention in the run-up to announcing a unity government, with Hamas officials calling it a "stab in the back" for Palestinian prisoners and hunger strikers.
Al-Ayasa, who is also the minister of agriculture and social affairs, will head the committee.
Hamdallah stressed that the issue of prisoners is a national issue important to all parties.
Palestinian officials said this week that the US could withdraw funding from the PA if the ministry was not dissolved.