Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, May 29
CAIRO -- Egypt's presidential candidate and leftist leader Hamdeen Sabahy on Thursday admitted his defeat in the elections that concluded Wednesday, losing to his sole rival, ex-military chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.
"I admit losing the presidential race," Sabahy told a press conference. "We show respect for the will of the people." (Egypt- Vote-Sabahy)
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ADEN, Yemen -- A Yemeni military intelligence colonel was gunned down by suspected al-Qaida gunmen in the southeastern province of Hadramout on Thursday afternoon, a government official told Xinhua.
"Two armed men riding a motorbike opened fire from automatic rifles at Colonel Salmin al-Obthani, killing him on his way back home in the coastal city of Mukalla, Hadramout's provincial capital," the government source said on condition of anonymity. ( Yemen-Attack)
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RAMALLAH -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday officially designated Rami Hamdallah to form the interim unity government that was agreed upon with the Gaza-based Islamist Hamas movement.
After handing Hamdallah "a letter of designation" to form the unity government, Abbas said "I wish him success in this difficult mission," according to a report by the official Wafa news agency. (Palestine-Unity Gov't)
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GAZA -- Islamic Hamas movement which rules the Palestinian Gaza Strip said Thursday that the announcement of the unity government was put off due to differences with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zohri said in a press statement that the delay happened because Hamas rejects Abbas' desire to keep current foreign minister Riad al-Malki in office in the future government. (Palestinian-Unity Gov't-Delay)