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Abbas backs Cabinet of professionals

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday promoted the idea of a Cabinet of technocrats as a way to ease crippling Western sanctions, but he pledged not to force it on Hamas. Hamas – the Islamic ruling party – was cool to the idea. Abbas addressed reporters for more than an hour at his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah Tuesday evening. In his strongest endorsement yet of the technocrat idea of a Cabinet made up of professionals instead of politicians, he said it should be “considered seriously” as a way out of the current deadlock. Full Story

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