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Palestinian parliament approves Hamas cabinet

Written by: Staff

Gaza, Mar 28: Hamas won a Palestinian parliamentry vote of confidence in its cabinet today, the final formality before the Islamic militant group takes office.

The vote, the same day as Israel held a general election, was expected since Hamas has a majority in parliament after its surprise win in a January ballot.

Hamas prime minister-designate Ismail Haniyeh has said the cabinet would be sworn in by tomorrow.

Yesterday when he presented the cabinet for approval to parliament, Haniyeh called for talks with Western powers to try to reach a ''just peace'' in the West Asia but showed no sign of softening the group's stance on Israel.


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