Mohammed Ishtaye is elected as the new Palestinian Prime Minister, he was sworn the oath along with 24 ministers before President Mahmoud Abbas on 15th April 2019.
Mohammed Ishtaye is chosen in the 18th Palestinian government since the establishment of the Palestinian Authority in 1995.
The new government was formed after former Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah resigned in January 2019. Hamdallah’s resignation came following the failure of reconciliation talks between Fatah party and Hamas.
The new government consisting of 24 ministers has representation from Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Abbas’ Fatah Party, the Palestinian People’s Party, the FIDA party, the Palestinian Popular Struggle Front, in addition to independent figures.
Islamic Hamas movement and Islamic Jihad are excluded from the new government since Hamas has been ruling the Gaza Strip since it violently seized control of the coastal enclave from Abbas’ security forces in 2007.
The Islamic Hamas movement has slammed the formation of a new Palestinian government is deepening the internal division. Hamas has said that the new government is far from any Palestinian national accord or any legal measure.
Criticizing the government as further deepening the internal Palestinian division, Hamas has stated that it expects to get representation in the government to strengthen the national unity.
Largest City: Gaza City
Currency: Egyptian pound (EGP), Israeli new shekel (ILS), Jordanian dinar and also Palestine pound
Official Language: Arabic
President: Mahmoud Abbas
Prime Minister: Mohammed Ishtaye (Since April 2019)