After a protracted struggle, the Palestinian High Court has ordered the striking civil servants back to work. The court intervened in the strike after a presidential order issued by President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday, giving the Palestinian high court the power to order striking workers to return to work.
Read news report: Maan News, “Palestinian high court orders PA employees back to work,” 9 April 2008, http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=28691.
The strike was been interpreted by some as an attempt by Fatah to pressure caretaker Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to include Fatah members in the cabinet.
Read news report: Reuters, “Palestinian civil servants challenge PM Fayyad,” Yahoo News, 4 April 2008,
Fatah has reportedly been critical towards Fayyad’s cabinet and has resisted many aspects of his reform efforts.
Read commentary: Mohammed Yaghi, “Fayad’s Reform Plan: Difficulties and Political Implications,”
PolicyWatch #1353, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, 12 March 2008, http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/templateC05.php?CID=2729.