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New government stresses unity, yet ostracizes Hamas

Palestinian prime minister-designate Mohammad Shtayyeh is gearing up to form and head a new Palestinian government after having met with different factions. Will he be able to pull it off?
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RAMALLAH, West Bank — Some thorny issues lie in store for the new Palestinian government when it emerges this month.

Fatah Central Committee member Mohammad Shtayyeh, whom President Mahmoud Abbas has chosen to lead the new government, is expected to take over soon as prime minister. He has wrapped up consultations with many Palestinian factions, seeking their participation, but shunned Hamas.

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