Palestinian Authority appoints new interior minister
The spy chief's new role - which has been overseen by Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh while the post was empty - will involve overseeing Palestinian security forces at a time of intense scrutiny after the death of activist Nizar Banat and subsequent crackdowns on protests.
"The swearing-in ceremony…was attended by Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh, Adviser to the President for Diplomatic Affairs Majdi Al-Khalidi, and Adviser to the President for Legal Affairs Ali Muhanna," reported the Palestinian Authority's news agency Wafa.
He will be the first Palestinian Authority interior minister in seven years.
Al-Reeh headed the Palestinian Authority's internal intelligence agency, Preventive Security, from 2006 just before Fatah and Hamas split.
He is also a member of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council, which sets policies through various committees.
Fatah is the dominant faction in the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, and has dominated Palestinian politics in the West Bank since the Oslo Accords.
It is currently led by 86-year-old Mahmoud Abbas, whose presidency expired in 2009.