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Ramallah, Jumada II 25, 1433, May 16, 2012, SPA -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a new cabinet late Wednesday, the third caretaker government since the 2007 de facto West Bank-Gaza split, dpa reported.

Acting Prime Minister Salam Fayyad remained in his post.

Fayyad gave up the Finance Ministry to Nabil Qassis, a Christian and former president of the West Bank's Birzeit University.

Fayyad, an internationally respected economist, had held that portfolio almost uninterruptedly since 2003.

Twenty-four ministers took the oath, nine of whom are new, while 15 others kept their old portfolios.

--SPA 20:54 LOCAL TIME 17:54 GMT

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