RAMALLAH, June 2 (Xinhua) -- The Palestinian national unity government was sworn in on Monday before Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
As many as 13 ministers, led by Rami al-Hamdallah, have taken the oath before President Abbas at his office in Ramallah, while four Gaza-based ministers could not attend the official swearing- in ceremony after they were denied access into the West Bank by Israel.
Some ministers have taken up two portfolios.
This is the 17th cabinet since the creation of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) in 1994.
The new consensus government has ended seven years of political division that started when Hamas took over Gaza in June 2007 after routing forces loyal to Abbas who now rules the West Bank.
Hamas and Fatah agreed to reconcile and form a unity government on April 23.
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