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Profiles: Palestinian interim cabinet
President Mahmoud Abbas shakes Salam Fayyad's hand at the swearing-in ceremony (17 June 2006)
President Abbas appointed the cabinet by emergency decree
A new Palestinian interim government has been sworn in the West Bank following the dismissal of the previous government of national unity.

President Mahmoud Abbas appointed the cabinet, which excludes his Islamist rivals, Hamas, by decree without the approval of parliament.

SALAM KHALED FAYYAD: PRIME MINISTER, MINISTER OF FINANCE, FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Third Way Bloc in the PLC)

Salam Fayyad is considered a liberal and widely respected among the international organisations that have worked with the Palestinian Authority.

Born in 1952 near the West Bank city of Tulkarm, he holds a PhD in economics from the University of Texas.

He worked at the World Bank in Washington from 1987-1995. Mr Fayyad then served as the World Bank's Palestinian representative based in Jerusalem until 2001.

He served as the finance minister under the Fatah-controlled administration from 2002-2005 and won praise from the international community for introducing economic reform. He is also credited with cracking down on official corruption.

ABD-AL-RAZZAQ MAHMOUD AL-YAHYA: MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR, CIVIL AFFAIRS (Fatah)

Brig-Gen Abd-al-Razzaq al-Yahia is a member of the old-guard of the Palestine Liberation Organisation.

Born in Tantura in 1929, Gen Yahia commanded one of the PLO's military wing, the Palestinian Liberation Army, in the late 1960s until he was succeeded by Yasser Arafat in 1970.

He was director of the PLO's political department from 1979 until 1986, and a member of the Executive Committee from 1984 until 1996.

Gen Yahia was first appointed interior minister in June 2002, during an effort to reform the Palestinian government and reduce Mr Arafat's power.

He resigned after four months, however, after proving ineffective and being undermined by the late president.

ZIAD ABDULLAH AL-BANDAK: MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, LOCAL GOVERNMENT

A Christian from the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Ziad al-Bandak served as tourism minister from February 2005 until March 2006, when Hamas came to power.

He is known to be a member of the Palestinian peace camp.

KHULUD DUWAIBIS: MINISTER OF TOURISM, WOMEN'S AFFAIRS (Independent)

One of cabinet's two women, Khulud Duwaibis first became tourism minister in the national unity government in March 2007.

MOHAMMED KAMAL IBRAHIM HASSOUNA: MINISTER OF NATIONAL ECONOMY, PUBLIC WORKS, TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Mohammed Kamal Hassouna is a businessman from the West Bank city of Hebron.

LAMIS AL-ALAMI: MINISTER OF EDUCATION, CULTURE

Lamis al-Alami, the second woman member of the cabinet, is the former director-general of the Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizens' Rights.

SAMIR ABDULLAH: MINISTER OF LABOUR

Samir Abdullah is a professor of economics and director-general of the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (Mas).

He was also a member of the Palestinian delegation at the peace negotiations in Madrid and Washington from 1991 until 1993.

FATHI ABDALLAH ABU MUGHLI: MINISTER OF HEALTH

Dr Abdullah Abu Mughli is a physician from Gaza.

RIYAD NAJIB AL-MALIKI: MINISTER OF JUSTICE, INFORMATION

A former professor at Bir Zeit University in the West Bank, Riyad al-Maliki currently heads Panorama, a Palestinian NGO dealing with community development.

SHEIKH JAMAL MOHAMMED AHMED BAWATINA: MINISTER OF WAQF AND RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS; SOCIAL AFFAIRS (Independent)

Sheikh Jamal Bawatina is a former chief mufti of the West Bank city of Ramallah.

MASHHUR MOHAMMED ABU DAQQA: MINISTER OF TRANSPORT

Mashhur Abu Daqqa runs a computer business.

ASHRAF EID AL-AJRAMI: MINISTER OF PRISONERS' AFFAIRS, YOUTH AND SPORTS

A native of Gaza, Ashraf Eid al-Ajrami has worked as a senior manager at the ministry of information.

Additional ministers will be announced at a later stage.


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