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Sweden welcomes new Palestinian prime minister

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18:01 CEST+02:00
Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt on Friday welcomed the decision by Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to nominate political independent Salam Fayyad to form an emergency government.

"I welcome very favourably the decision by Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to ask former finance minister Salam Fayyad to form a new Palestinian government," Bildt said in a statement.

"Let's hope that he will rapidly set up a new government, and it is important that we, in the European Union, give him support as quickly and as strongly as possible."

Western-backed Fayyad has been charged with setting up a government to replace the three-month-old unity administration dismissed by Abbas shortly before Islamic militant Hamas took control of Gaza on Thursday.

Hamas rejected the move as a "coup against legitimacy and a transgression of all laws".

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