Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas agreed on the make-up of a national unity government on Tuesday in the most significant step yet toward healing their seven-year rift.
Officials from the two sides told a news conference in the Gaza Strip that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will make a formal announcement of the new government later this week after choosing a religious affairs minister.
The two factions agreed that current Prime Minister Rami al-Hamdallah, a former university president picked by Abbas, will lead the new cabinet.
"Palestinian reconciliation aims to unite the Palestinian people against the prime enemy, the Zionist enemy. It aims to pursue the choice of resistance and steadfastness," current prime minister of the Hamas Government Ismail Haniyeh told supporters in the southern town of Rafah.