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Palestinian president swears in new government

AP  |  Ramallah 

Palestinian has sworn in a new government led by a longtime ally who is critical of Gaza's rulers and a proponent of continuing peace talks with

Abbas, who heads the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, accepted the oath of office on Saturday from the new cabinet headed by Mohammed Ishtayeh, a

The appointment of Ishtayeh is likely to deepen the rift between the and Hamas, the Islamic militant group that governs the Strip.

Outgoing oversaw a unity government formed nearly five years ago with the goal of reaching a conciliation deal with Ishtayeh's appointment reflects the failure of years of efforts to reconcile with

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First Published: Sat, April 13 2019. 22:55 IST