Palestinian Authority Government of November 2003

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The Palestinian Authority Government of November 2003 was a government of the Palestinian National Authority (PA) from November 2003 to February 2005. It was headed by Ahmed Qurei, the Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority. The new 24-member Cabinet was approved by Parliament on 12 November with 46 votes to 13, with 5 abstentions.


Pursuant to the Oslo Accords, the authority of the PA Government is 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.

On 5 October 2003, President Arafat had installed an emergency government. Arafat and his Prime Minister disagreed about the Interior Minister to be appointed in the next cabinet. Ahmed Qurei had nominated General Nasser Yousef. Arafat opposed and preferred Hakam Balawi.[1] On 4 November, the term of the emergency cabinet expired. Hours before the 30-day term expired at midnight, Arafat transformed the Cabinet into a caretaker government.[2]


On 12 November 2003, a new 24-member government was presented to the Parliament and approved with 46 votes to 13, with 5 abstentions.[1][3]

On 17 July 2004, Qorei submitted his resignation amid growing chaos in the Gaza Strip.[4] Offices of the Palestinian authority in Gaza were burned down, and gunmen briefly abducted 4 French aid workers, the police chief and another official, demanding reforms.[5] Arafat refused to accept Qurei's resignation.[6] Arafat and Qurei disputed on Qurei's demand for more authority to restructure the security forces to reduce the growing turmoil. President Arafat decreed a State of Emergency in Gaza.[5] Qurei had retracted his resignation and on 27 July Arafat and Qurei held a press conference after reaching a settlement in a cabinet meeting.

After Arafat's death in November 2004 and Mahmoud Abbas' subsequent victory in the Palestinian presidential election of 2005, Qurei was asked to continue in his post and form a new cabinet. On 24 February 2005, a the next government was formed.

Members of the Government[edit]

November 2003 to February 2005 [7]

Minister Office Party
1 Ahmed Qurei Prime Minister/Religious Affairs Fatah
2 Nabil Sha'ath Foreign Affairs Fatah
3 Salam Fayyad Finance Independent
4 Hakam Balawi Interior Fatah
5 Jawad Tibi Health Fatah
6 Maher al-Masri Economy Fatah
7 Intissar al-Wazir Social Affairs Fatah
8 Hisham Abdel Razeq Prisoners Affairs Fatah
9 Na'im Abu al-Hummus Education Fatah
10 Zuhira Kamal Woman Affairs Palestine Democratic Union
11 Nahed al-Rayyes Justice Fatah
12 Azzam al-Ahmad Telecommunications and Information Technology Fatah
13 Abdul Rahman Hamad Public Works Independent
14 Mitri Abu Eideh Tourism Independent
15 Yahya Yakhlof Culture Fatah
16 Hikmat Abu Zeid Transportation Fatah
17 Saeb Erekat Negotiations Affairs Fatah
18 Nabeel Kassis Planning Fatah
19 Rawhi Fattuh Agriculture Fatah
20 Salah Ta'amari Youth and Sports Fatah
21 Jamal Shobaki Local Governance Fatah
22 Jamal Tarifi Civil Affairs Fatah
23 Ghassan Khatib Labor Palestinian People's Party
24 Qadura Fares State Fatah

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b In the News-New Palestinian Government. Voice of America, 15 November 2003.
    "Mister Qureia was speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council. He became acting prime minister in September. He could not form a cabinet, however, because of a dispute with Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat. Mister Qureia had threatened to resign when Mister Arafat would not approve his choice of interior minister. The dispute lasted ten weeks"
  2. ^ Palestinian PM misses deadline for new cabinet. Agencies/China Daily, 5 November 2003
  3. ^ New Palestinian government approved. CNN, 12 November 2003.
  4. ^ Arafat denies he is facing crisis. BBC, 24 July 2004
  5. ^ a b State Of Emergency Declared In Gaza. Sky News, 18 July 2004
  6. ^ Arafat refuses Qorei resignation. Sapa-AFP, 18 July 2004
  7. ^ The PA Ministerial Cabinet List November 2003 Jerusalem Media and Communications Centre. Archived on 3 December 2003

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