Despite zero hour tensions that threatened to scupper the entire process, the unity government between Fatah and terrorist group Hamas was sworn in on Monday in Ramallah, with the attendance of Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
Hamas informed Fatah earlier on Monday that it would refuse to join the unity government being unveiled at 1 p.m. local time, unless its demands regarding the Ministry of Prisoners were met.
However in a last minute move, the two sides apparently reached a compromise by which the Ministry of Prisoners will not be cancelled. In the new deal, there will be no minister appointed to the Ministry; rather it will be subservient directly to the unity government Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, reports Yedioth Aharonoth.
According to Hamas Spokesperson Sami Abu-Zuhri, Fatah had been given an official notice about the Hamas decision on Sunday to reject the swearing in of the new government if the Ministry of Prisoners is cancelled, reports Ma’an News Agency.