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Queria Agrees to Revise Palestinian Cabinet

Palestinian lawmakers say Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia has agreed to change his proposed cabinet to include more reform-minded ministers.

Several legislators from the dominant Fatah faction had threatened Monday to vote down the original cabinet list, saying it had too many ministers associated with corruption. They say Mr. Qureia is expected to soon present a revised cabinet that includes more technocrats and reformers.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is also facing a challenge from Israeli lawmakers who have reservations about the plan to remove Israeli settlers from Gaza. Some 26 of the right-wing Likud party's 40 parliament (Knesset) members have signed a petition calling for a referendum on the Gaza pullout.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.