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Fatah and Hamas: No Government Until After September Statehood Declaration

A Palestinian news agency is reporting that Fatah and Hamas have decided to postpone naming a unity government until after September’s anticipated declaration of statehood. The Ma’an news agency said the decision resulted from the factions’ inability to agree on any of the specific issues that have prevented an agreement until now and the need to enter September with the appearance of unity. In May, a reconciliation deal was announced, but the agreement lacked details. The agency also reported that Prime Minister Salam Fayyad plans to replace nine cabinet ministers shortly.