Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Palestinian Affairs

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Palestinian Affairs

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1997

July 17: Palestinian National Authority (PNA) president Yasir `Arafat appointed Fayiz Sha`ban Abu-Ramah attorney general. Abu-Ramah had been `Arafat's top legal advisor. [7/22 FBIS]

July 29: Members of the PNA Legislative Council concluded an investigation into corruption in the Palestinian government and recommended that President `Arafat dissolve the entire cabinet. They also recommended that legal action be taken against several ministers, including planning minister Nabil Sha`th, transport minister `Ali Qawasmi and civil affairs minister Jamal Tarif. [7/30 NYT, FT]

July 31: The Legislative Council voted 56 to four in favor of a resolution calling on President `Arafat to dissolve the cabinet by September. [8/1 FT]

Aug. 1: Sixteen out of 18 cabinet members offered their resignations. The two ministers who did not resign were planning minister Sha`th and information minister 'Abid Rabbu. [8/2 NYT]

Aug. 12: In Nablus, a military court convicted three members of President `Arafat's bodyguard unit for spying for Israeli intelligence. …

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