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Palestinian Authority Government of May 2009

The Palestinian Authority Government of May 2009 was an emergency cabinet of the Palestinian National Authority in Ramallah from 19 May 2009 to June 2013, headed by Salam Fayyad. Fayyad has been Prime Minister since 2007, when he led the Government of June 2007. The May 2009 Government included a 20-minister cabinet.[1]

De facto, it only governed the West Bank, excluding East Jerusalem, whereas Gaza was governed by Hamas.[1]

In 2013, Fayyad was succeeded by Rami Hamdallah, who became PM of the Palestinian Authority Governments of 2013.


Powers and jurisdictionEdit

Pursuant to the Oslo Accords, the authority of the PA Government was limited to some civil rights of the Palestinians in the West Bank Areas A and B and in the Gaza Strip, and to internal security in Area A and in Gaza.

As Hamas had taken control over Gaza following the 2007 Battle of Gaza and had formed its own government, and Israel had illegally annexed Jerusalem, the new PA Government governed de facto only the West Bank, excluding East Jerusalem.


Most of the ministers were members of Fatah, although the Cabinet also included independents and members of third parties.[2]

The Government was appointed by presidential decree and lacked the approval of the Palestinian Legislative Council as required pursuant the Palestinian Basic Law. The opposition of the Hamas majority alone was enough to withhold the new government its legal basis, but even Fatah's parliamentary bloc did not endorse the government. Two PLC members refused to join the government when the Fatah bloc decided not to back the new Fayyad cabinet.[2] For the international community, this was not a reason to question the legality of the Government.

Members of the GovernmentEdit

May 2009 to June 2013 [1][2][3]

Minister Office Party
1 Salam Fayyad Prime Minister, Finance Third Way/Independent
2 Said Abu Ali Interior Fatah
3 Riyad al-Malki Foreign Affairs Minister Ex-PFLP
4 Khaled al-Qawasmi Local Government Independent
5 Sa'adi al-Krunz Transportation Fatah
6 Ismail Deiq
(Ismail Daik, Ismail Du’ieq)
Agriculture Independent
7 Bassem Khoury Economy Fatah
8 Ali al-Jarbawi Planning and Development Independent
9 Rabiha Diab * Women's Affairs Fatah
10 Majda al-Masri Social Affairs DFLP
11 Ahmad al-Majdalani Labor PPSF
12 Mahmoud al-Habbash Waqf and Religious Affairs Independent
13 Khuloud Deibes Tourism Independent
14 Ali Khashan Justice Independent
15 Fathi Abu Moghli Health Independent
16 Mashhour Abu Daqqa Telecommunications Independent
17 Lamis al-Alami Education Independent
18 Issa Qaraqe ** Prisoners' Affairs Independent
19 Maher Ghneim Minister of State Fatah
20 Hassan Abu Libdeh *** Secretary-General of the Cabinet (Rank of Minister) Fatah
21 Hatem Abdul Qader **** Minister of State for Jerusalem Affairs Fatah
22 Mohammad Shtayyeh **** Public Works and Housing Fatah

* Palestine UN Observer lists Rabiha Ziab [sic] as Minister of Women's Affairs;[3] Ma'an writes that Diab refused, and lists Siham al-Barghouthi (Fida)[2]
** Mentioned by Palestine UN Observer. Ma'an writes that Qaraqe refused. However, she held the position in the next cabinets
*** Palestine UN Observer lists Libdeh as Minister of National Economy
**** Mentioned by Ma'an

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Palestinians Reappoint Prime Minister Who Had Quit. NYT, 19 May 2009
  2. ^ a b c d Who are the members of the new Palestinian government?. Ma'an News Agency, 19 May 2009
  3. ^ a b Palestinian National Authority Council of Ministers 19 May 2009. Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations. Archived on 5 October 2011