The Shmooze

Palestinians Can Propose Temporary Government Ministers on Facebook

By Nathan Jeffay

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It’s been well documented that social networking sites have been key in spreading pro-democracy messages and bringing people to the streets in the Arab world. Now, people are even being told they can choose their government on Facebook.

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has asked his Facebook friends to help decide who should serve in his government.

His entire cabinet resigned last Monday, in an apparent attempt to make way for more inclusive government and avoid the pro-democracy demonstrations sweeping the Arab world from spreading to the West Bank.

Palestinian elections, last held in 2006, are long overdue, and will not take place until September at the earliest. But Mr Fayad posted a message on his Facebook page this morning saying that anybody who wants immediate input can use the social networking site to tell him who he should appoint in the meantime.

He wrote that he is looking for “credible” people with “excellent leadership and scientific skills.” People have responded with suggestions for politicians, businessmen… and themselves.


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