Palestinian PM resigns, replacement candidates

Palestinian PM resigns, replacement candidates
Sun Jun 23, 2013 15:55:34

Acting Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas has officially accepted resignation of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah.

“The president accepted the resignation of the prime minister and designated him to head an interim government,” Mr. Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Rdaineh said on Sunday.

A senior Palestinian Authority source also said that Mr. Abbas had made the decision “after he refused to work with two deputies.”

Al-Alam reporter in Ramallah said that there are already high speculations about who would be introduced to replace Hamdallah.

He quoted some sources as saying that Mohammed Ishtayeh, a member of the Central Committee of the Fatah movement and a confidant of Mr. Abbas, is a strong candidate for taking the position.

On June 20, two weeks after taking office, Mr. Hamdallah submitted his resignation to Abbas due to a “dispute over his powers” and “outside interferences in his powers and duties.”

Mr. Hamdallah is a UK-educated professor of linguistics who has been president of Al-Najah University in the occupied West Bank since 1998.

Following the announcement, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said, “Hamdallah’s resignation indicates that unilateral steps remain weak, are useless and do not resolve the internal Palestinian problem… The solution is not in having many governments. It is in the implementing the reconciliation agreement.”

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