Political turmoil in the Palestinian Authority

Wednesday, February 23, 2005 | 
Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia continues to face sharp opposition from parliament to his appointment of a new cabinet. Parliament rejected the cabinet because it was stacked with cronies of the late Yasser Arafat who are widely seen as corrupt. Qureia made a few changes, but they were rejected too, so he'll have to get rid of more officials from the so-called “old guard.” Therefore, the vote on the cabinet has been postponed again, this time until tomorrow. The Palestinian parliament is pushing for reform in the post-Arafat era. Some officials in the ruling Fatah movement are calling for Qureia, a leader of the old guard, to resign.

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