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Palestinian cabinet to resign - reports

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The Palestinian Authority cabinet is to resign next week, according to reports from the official Palestinian newspaper. It says that senior Fatah officials will then choose a successor to Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia.

Qureia is currently abroad receiving medical treatment. But when he returns the newspaper says that the Fatah central committee and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmouod Abbas will designate a successor to Qureia. He is then expected to stand down in order to run for the Palestinian Legislative Council. Since Israel’s pull-out from Gaza there have been a series of clashes between Palestinian factions vying for control. On Monday police stormed Gaza’s parliament demanding a security crackdown on Hamas militants. They had been involved in violent confrontations with Hamas as they tried to enforce a ban on carrying arms. The same day legislators voted to urge President Abbas to form a new government for failing to halt armed chaos in the Gaza strip.