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Abbas to head new unity Palestinian government: senior official

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Posted: Feb 06, 2012 4:33 AM
Abbas to head new unity Palestinian government: senior official

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas agreed at a meeting in Qatar on Monday to form a unified government for the West Bank and Gaza Strip headed by President Mahmoud Abbas, a senior Palestinian official said.

Abbas would assume the role of prime minister, replacing Western-backed Salam Fayyad, the official said. It was not immediately clear if Fayyad would be a member of the new government or when it would be formed.

(Reporting by Ali Sawafta, writing by Sami Aboudi; editing by Douglas Hamilton)