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The names were chosen in Wednesday's meeting between Abbas and Fatah legislators, said Abbas Zaki, a top Fatah official. "We had about 100 names of top professionals, and we chose them one-by-one, not through voting, but by consensus, as the best to handle these posts," he said.
The method stood in stark contrast to the formation of Cabinets in the Arafat era, when he would choose the ministers based on loyalty.
"It's a turning point in the rationale, the approach and the methodology of forming Cabinets, in going beyond political patronage ... and to look for people who can deliver," said legislator Hanan Ashrawi. (Jerusalem Post)
The more powerful idea was that the new government must reflect the changes in the Palestinian public which were reflected in Abbas' election.
Much of the opposition to Prime Minister Qureia's initial cabinet recommendations involved an indirect attack against Qurei for his failure, over the past two years, to enact any serious reform in the running of the Palestinian government.
In the end, the powerful Fatah bloc in the Palestinian Legislative Council agreed that Qurei should stay for the time being while they wanted to weaken him.