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Palestinian reconciliation takes its toll on new PA budget

The Palestinian reconciliation will require a substantial increase in the PA budget, including new hires for security and resolving the ongoing crisis involving civil servants appointed by Hamas.
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RAMALLAH, West Bank — Reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas is expected to take its toll on the Palestinian Authority's (PA) general budget for 2018, which the government will begin drafting by the end of October, a Palestinian official told Al-Monitor.

“Reconciliation — if successful — will make the next budget the largest in the history of the PA, with a possible 20% to 30% increase,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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