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Hamas names new intelligence chief, sidesteps agreement with Fatah

The Interior Ministry in Gaza recently announced the appointment of a new chief of intelligence and chief of staff, although some argue there is no precedent or statutory basis for such positions in the ministry.
Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah (R) waves during a news conference in Gaza City March 25, 2015. Hamdallah, who arrived to Gaza on Wednesday, urged donor countries to fulfill their financial obligations for the reconstruction of Gaza. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

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The Interior Ministry in the Gaza Strip announced a series of promotions, transfers and new appointments Aug. 4, including a new chief of intelligence and chief of staff. Deputy Interior Minister Kamel Abu Madi said that all the personnel changes fall within the normal framework of rotating positions and do not involve the creation of new posts. Others, however, disagree, arguing that there is no precedent or legal basis in Palestinian governance for a chief of intelligence assigned to the Interior Ministry in Gaza.

Abu Madi told Al-Monitor that the appointments were made without coordination with the interior minister and prime minister of the government of national consensus, Rami Hamdallah. "Since the announcement of the [consensus] government on June 1, 2014, communication between the prime minister and us has been severed,” he said. Responding to criticism concerning the legal basis for the changes at the ministry, he said, “To those who are speaking in legal terms, I ask them: How could the minister of interior leave his ministry without any budget or any contact? Before we are questioned about the legality of our work, we need to ask the minister about his legal work.”

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