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RAMALLAH: Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas said on Monday that a new government will be formed within 48 hours, to replace the current cabinet headed by Salam Fayyad.
"A new government will be formed within the next 48 hours," Abbas told a meeting of his secular Fatah party.
According to Palestinian officials, Abbas will once again ask Fayyad to form the new government that will not include the rival Islamist movement Hamas.
But Abbas also said that a new Fayyad-led government will step down if Egyptian-brokered negotiations between Hamas and Fatah to set up a unity cabinet succee