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March 8, 2001
Ariel Sharon has been installed as Israel's prime minister, together with an oversize multi-party Cabinet that many expect to behave more like a large, dysfunctional family than a smooth-running government. Its members range from dovish Foreign Minister Shimon Peres on the left to Tourism Minister Rehavam Zeevi--who advocates expelling all Palestinians from the West Bank--on the lunatic right. Sharon calls it a national unity government.
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WORLD
April 26, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Seeking to calm critics of his reconciliation efforts with the militant Hamas group, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday the unity government he plans to head will renounce violence and recognize Israel. Abbas, who rules in the West Bank, and Hamas, the fundamentalist Islamic movement that has controlled the Gaza Strip after ousting Abbas' forces in a brief armed battle in June 2007, reached an agreement on Thursday to reconcile their differences.
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WORLD
April 23, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman and Rushdi Abu Alouf
GAZA CITY -- The two main rival factions of Palestinian politics and society announced a reconciliation deal Wednesday that would mend a seven-year rift by forming a unity government and holding new elections. Following two days of discussions between delegations of Fatah and Hamas, leaders of the groups announced the agreement at a joint news conference. “This is the good news to tell our people: The era of division is over,” Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh declared.
WORLD
April 23, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman and Rushdi Abu Alouf
GAZA CITY -- The two main rival factions of Palestinian politics and society announced a reconciliation deal Wednesday that would mend a seven-year rift by forming a unity government and holding new elections. Following two days of discussions between delegations of Fatah and Hamas, leaders of the groups announced the agreement at a joint news conference. “This is the good news to tell our people: The era of division is over,” Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh declared.
WORLD
November 10, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi and Meris Lutz
After a months-long deadlock, Lebanon's rival political camps agreed to a unity government that includes both American-backed Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Hezbollah, a Shiite Muslim political party and militia that the United States considers a terrorist organization. Resolution of Lebanon's political crisis could ease regional tensions between U.S.-backed Sunni Arab states on the one hand and Iran and Syria, which back Hezbollah, on the other. But the question of Hezbollah's arsenal -- which is in violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions -- will probably remain unresolved in the short term.
WORLD
March 11, 2009 | Robyn Dixon
Why are all those women carrying buckets of water on their heads? That was the first riddle that David Coltart, Zimbabwe's new education minister, faced last month as he walked into his high-rise headquarters. "The reason is that the whole of the Ministry of Education, 18 floors, has no water in it. So my first, immediate task was to get the pump repaired. If you walk down the stairwells you will gag, the stench is so bad on some floors," Coltart said in an interview in his new office.
WORLD
November 6, 2011 | By Anthee Carassava, Los Angeles Times
Greece's ruling socialists and opposition conservatives agreed to form a unity government Sunday, ending a week of political turmoil that threatened to push the country into bankruptcy and out of Europe's single currency. Under the agreement, beleaguered Prime Minister George Papandreou will step down and his successor will be decided in a second round of talks Monday. Former Bank of Greece Gov. Lucas Papademos, European ombudsman Nikiforos Diamantouros and independent deputy Elsa Papadimitriou are on the successor list, said a senior official who requested anonymity because of the talk's sensitivity.
WORLD
January 18, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
The deep divide in Tunisia over the status and fate of the deposed dictator's ruling party threatened the fragile unity government on Tuesday just a day after it was announced. At least four former opposition figures quit the Cabinet, apparently under pressure from rank-and-file members opposed to the inclusion of six members of the previous regime in the transitional administration meant to pave the way for new elections. Rowdy demonstrators enraged over the participation in the government of members of former President Zine el Abidine ben Ali's ruling Constitutional Democratic Rally, or RCD, taunted baton-wielding police officers during cat-and-mouse clashes in the capital and other cities.
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November 22, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Greek political leaders agreed to form an all-party national unity government, ending a 16-day crisis since the inconclusive election this month. Former central bank governor Xenophon Zolotas, 85, will be the premier in the new government, which will serve until elections next April. The move to form an all-party government headed off a vote Dec. 17, which would have been the third time Greeks have gone to the polls this year.
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April 17, 1985 | Associated Press
Lebanon's year-old national unity government collapsed today in the face of what Prime Minister Rashid Karami called "a horrific nightmare"--a savage house-to-house battle between rival militias for control of Muslim West Beirut. At least 29 people were reported killed and 120 wounded in the worst fighting in Beirut in more than a year. The battle capped three weeks of factional combat, centered first in the southern port of Sidon, in which well over 100 people have died.
WORLD
February 15, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Alexandra Sandels
BEIRUT - Breaking a 10-month deadlock, Lebanon on Saturday unveiled a new unity government as leaders struggle to maintain stability despite profound political divisions and spillover violence from the war raging in neighboring Syria. “A government in the national interest was formed in a spirit of inclusiveness,” the new prime minister, Tammam Salam, a centrist, said in a television address. Squeezed between Syria and Israel along the Mediterranean, Lebanon has become a second theater of the Syrian war and a surrogate battleground for the regional rivalries fueling that conflict.
WORLD
June 23, 2013 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Sunday, Abbas' spokesman  said. Hamdallah, in office for only two weeks, resigned Thursday protesting what he described as infringement on his authority as prime minister by his two deputies, both advisors to Abbas. Abbas attempted over two days to persuade Hamdallah, 54, an independent university president until he was asked to form a government on June 2 to replace outgoing Salam Fayyad, to withdraw his resignation.
WORLD
June 6, 2013 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a new government Thursday headed by a British-educated academic with no political experience. New Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, who has served since 1998 as president of An Najah National University in Nablus, replaces Salam Fayyad, who resigned in frustration in April. Though admired by Western nations for his financial acumen and political reforms, Fayyad, a political independent, was never fully embraced by the Palestinian public and was resented by the two main Palestinian factions, Abbas' Fatah party and its rival, the Islamist group Hamas.
WORLD
June 2, 2013 | By Maher Abukhater and Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
RAMALLAH, West Bank - The new Palestinian Authority prime minister is a British-educated academic with no political experience who will be charged with forming the fifth Palestinian government since 2006. But the tenure of Rami Hamdallah, 54, who has served since 1998 as president of An Najah National University in Nablus, may be short-lived because Palestinian leaders say they hope to form yet another new government in as few as three months. On Sunday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas named Hamdallah to replace Salam Fayyad, who had served in the post since 2007 before resigning in frustration in April.
WORLD
April 27, 2013 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Two weeks after Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad resigned, President Mahmoud Abbas, whose government is based in the West Bank, announced Saturday that he has started consultations over forming a new national unity government. Abbas said he was following the timetable his Fatah party had reached with its archrival, the Islamist group Hamas, which says that he should start consultations on forming a unity government as soon as the Palestinian elections commission completed an update of its voter registry.
OPINION
April 18, 2013 | By Aaron David Miller
The looming resignation of Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, announced last week, may be very bad news for the prospects of good governance in Palestine. But it has the potential to inject clarity and honesty into the problems of the much-too-promised land. Fayyad's departure may help to dispel four dangerous myths that continue to distort the way different constituencies view the issues that divide the region. It's time we lay them to rest. They are: The myth of Palestinian unity Now that Fayyad is leaving, the way should be clearer for serious discussions between Hamas and Fatah about achieving reconciliation and unity.
WORLD
March 12, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Australia said it would provide funding to Zimbabwe's new unity government, the first Western power to announce direct support for the new administration. Australia previously gave Zimbabwe humanitarian assistance through aid agencies but did not provide direct funding to the government headed by President Robert Mugabe. Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai became prime minister in February. Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith said Australia recognized that there were risks to the new policy and was "under no illusions about the fragility of the political situation in Zimbabwe."
NEWS
November 15, 1992 | From Associated Press
Embattled authorities held out hope Saturday of forming a government of national unity, and a rebel general said UNITA leader Jonas Savimbi had called off his forces on three main fronts. UNITA rebels have captured two provincial capitals and closed in on several others since fighting flared two weeks ago. They are less than 35 miles northeast of the capital, Luanda.
WORLD
April 11, 2013 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - The political future of Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad appeared shaky Thursday amid reports that he will resign after growing tired of constant battles with his rivals. Fayyad has come close to stepping down before, only to be pressed by President Mahmoud Abbas to stay on as leader of the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority government. Though Fayyad, a Western-educated independent, is popular among donors and the international community, he is resented by many leaders of Fatah, the main political faction in the West Bank.
WORLD
January 17, 2013 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have reached agreement on steps to bridge their years-long divide, including the formation of a unity government by month's end, mediators and officials with the two groups said Thursday in Cairo. The two Palestinian factions, which have been at odds since Hamas fighters drove Fatah's forces from the Gaza Strip in 2007, have been holding on-again, off-again reconciliation talks for more than a year. Their goal has been to politically reunite the West Bank, which is under Fatah control, and the Gaza Strip, ruled by Hamas.
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