Palestinian parliament approves new cabinet

Thursday, February 24, 2005 | 
After several days of wrangling, Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia finally presented a Cabinet that was acceptable to a rebellious parliament pushing for reforms. Qureia had stacked the Cabinet with the so-called “old guard”--cronies of the late Yasser Arafat who are widely seen as corrupt. Parliament rejected that, so Qureia was forced to make drastic changes; 17 of 24 ministers are newcomers. The new cabinet is seen as an important step toward Palestinian reform. "It's a turning point in the rationale, the approach and the methodology of forming cabinets, in going beyond political patronage...and to look for people who can deliver," said legislator Hanan Ashrawi.

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