Arafat delays signing of bill to create new position of prime minister
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat delayed Thursday the signing of a bill that creates the new position of prime minister. Arafat asked for two procedural changes, including retaining the right to convene Cabinet ministers, officials said.
In the West Bank town of Ramallah, Arafat aides confirmed the Palestinian leader has asked for changes in legislation creating the post of prime minister.
The Palestinian legislature approved the bill Monday. The prime minister will be able to form a new Cabinet and supervise the work of the ministers. The prime minister also convenes and chairs Cabinet meetings.
After two readings in parliament, the bill was given to Arafat for a signature on Tuesday.
Arafat has asked that the president -- and not only the prime minister -- has the right to convene the Cabinet, and that the president can attend Cabinet meetings. According to AP, The legislature's next scheduled meeting is Monday. (Albawaba.com)
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