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Hamas govt to be sworn in Wednesday

Written by: Staff
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GAZA, Mar 25 (Reuters) The new Palestinian government under Islamic militant group Hamas will be sworn in on Wednesday following its ratification, Prime Minister-designate Ismail Haniyeh said today.

The Palestinian Legislative Council is to convene on Monday for a confidence vote on the 24-member cabinet. Approval is seen as a certainty given that Hamas has a majority in parliament after a crushing election victory in January.

''On Wednesday at the latest there will be a special session for the government to be sworn in before Abu Mazen,'' Haniyeh told reporters, referring to President Mahmoud Abbas.

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