Brief biographies of the 23 Palestinians approved by Yasser Arafat's Fatah faction to be part of the new Palestinian Cabinet:
SALAM FAYAD, Finance Minister - Fayad retains his post, which he assumed in June 2002 with a mandate to reform murky Palestinian finances and make them open to accounting. A nonpolitical economics expert, his efforts have been warmly received in world financial circles.
NABIL SHA'ATH, Minister for Foreign Affairs - Shaath, who has long acted as the Palestinian Authority's de facto foreign minister, retains this post. He has been a member of key Mideast peace efforts and headed the first PLO delegation to the United Nations.
NASSER YOUSEF, Interior Minister - Underlining Arafat's control over cabinet appointments, Yousef, a general and Arafat loyalist, takes the crucial interior portfolio with its control of the Palestinian security forces. Yousef is a veteran of the Fatah military wing, which he joined, in 1965.
YASSER ABED RABBO, Information Minister - Abed Rabbo, an Arafat loyalist, served as minister of cabinet affairs in the Abbas government.
SAEB EREKAT, Minister in charge of Negotiations - Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator with Israel, came to prominence during the first Israeli-Palestinian peace talks that led to the now-tattered 1993 Oslo peace accord. He is close to Arafat and resigned this post in Abbas' government in May, apparently as part of the power struggle between Arafat and Abbas.
AHED RAYES, Justice Minister - Rayes is well known member of Fatah from the Gaza Strip, taking up his first government post.
JAWAD TIBI, Health Minister - a popular Palestinian lawmaker from the Gaza Strip, this is Tibi's first cabinet appointment.
HISHAM ABDEL RAZEQ, Minister of Prisoner Affairs - Abdel Razeq, a Fatah member, retains his post. Abdel Razeq was repeatedly jailed by Israel in the 1980s and has taken part in recent negotiations to secure the release of Palestinian prisoners that Israel is holding.
JAMAL SHOBAKI, Local Government Minister - Shobaki, a Fatah member from the West Bank city of Hebron, retains his post as local government minister.
MAHER MASRI, Industry and Trade Minister - A prominent Nablus businessman, Masri retains his ministry.
NAIM ABBU HOMMOS, Education Minister - Abbu Hommos retains the education post from the Abbas government. He has also served as a minister in a previous Arafat Cabinet and comes from the West Bank town of Ramallah.
INTISAR AL-WAZIR (UM JIHAD), Social Affairs Minister - Al-Wazir, the wife of Khalid al-Wazir (Abu Jihad) a deputy to Arafat assassinated by Israel in 1988, retains her position from the Abbas Cabinet.
YEHYA YAKHLOS, Culture Minister - Yakhlos, a West Bank Fatah member, is a cabinet newcomer and a well known political author and novelist.
RAFIQ AL-NATSHEH, Agriculture Minister - Al-Natsheh, a Palestinian lawmaker and Fatah member, retains his post.
MITRI ABU AITA , Tourism Minister - Abu Aita is an independent lawmaker from the West Bank town of Bethlehem and retains his portfolio.
The following were confirmed as Cabinet members, but their portfolios have not yet been determined:
ABDEL RAHMAN HAMAD - This Fatah lawmaker from the Gaza Strip served as housing minister under a previous Arafat government.
AZZAM EL-AHMAD- El-Ahmed, a Fatah lawmaker, served as information and technology minister in the short-lived Abbas government.
MOUSSA ZAABOUT- An Islamist from the Gaza Strip, Zaabout, a doctor, is seen as a possible go-between for the new government and the Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
RAYYI FATOH - A Fatah member from the Gaza Strip, Fatoh has served as the secretary-general of the Palestinian Legislative Council.
ZOHEIRA KAMAL - Kamal, from the West Bank, was chosen to represent the Fida party in the cabinet.
AHMAD MAJDLANI - Majdlani, from the West Bank, is to represent the Popular Struggle Front.
QAIS ABDEL KARIM - Abdel Karim is the first member of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine to sit in a Palestinian government.
GHASSAN KHATIB - The representative of the Palestinian People's Party, Khatib served as labor minister in the Abbas government.