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NGOs will watch, work with new Palestinian government

Nongovernmental organizations will help evaluate the new Palestinian government, its transparency and its efforts to improve communication with the public.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas poses for a photo with members of the new Palestinian government during a swearing in ceremony, in Ramallah, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman - RC1F8DE47940
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RAMALLAH, West Bank — A coalition of 70 nongovernmental organizations is monitoring the performance of the new Palestinian government to gauge its social accountability in the absence of a legislative council playing this role.

The Palestinian Constitutional Court in Ramallah decided in December to disband the Palestinian Legislative Council. Now, the Palestinian Consultative Staff for Developing NGOs (PCS) — an independent civil association comprising 70 civil society organizations — has stepped up with a program dubbed "Accountability Development."

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