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Fatah and Hamas agree on new Palestinian prime minister

Mahmoud Abbas names Rami Hamdallah as PM in step towards reconciliation between former rival factions Rami Hamdallah, the new Palestinian prime minister, left, with Mahmoud Abbas. Photograph: Thaer Ghanaim/AFP/Getty Images The two main Palestinian factions, Fatah and the Islamist movement Hamas, appeared on the verge of forming a historic unity government after seven years of bitter rivalry as Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, named a new prime minister agreed by the two sides on Thursday. The official announcement brings Palestinians a substantial step closer to a final reconciliation between Abbas’s Fatah and Hamas, which set up separate governments in 2007 after Hamas took control of…