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The President of the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, has sworn in a new government, appointing a prime minister who is seen as a loyalist from his dominant Fatah party.

He is Mohammed Shtayyeh, an economist and longtime advisor to Abbas.

The rival Hamas group that runs Gaza called the appointment of the new prime minister a blow to unity efforts.

“This is a separatist government, it has no national legitimacy and it will reinforce the chances of severing theWest Bank from Gaza,” said a statement issued by Hamas.

Via Euronews