Abbas accepts Hamdallah's resignation
President Abbas has formally accepted the resignation of newly appointed PM Rami Hamdallah (file AFP)
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas formally accepted on Sunday the resignation of his newly appointed Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, a senior source told AFP.
“President Abbas has accepted the resignation of Hamdallah after he refused to work with two deputies,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Sources told Al Arabiya earlier that Hamdallah made the unexpected move because of a “dispute over his powers.” It also described Hamdallah’s decision as “tactical” and likely meant to get rid of his deputies.
AFP also quoted a government source previously saying that the prime minister “presented his resignation in writing to the president following disagreements with his two deputies.”
Hamdallah has succeeded Salam Fayyad, who stepped down in mid-April after months of disagreements with Abbas.
A new Palestinian government headed by Hamdallah was sworn in on June 6 in front of Abbas, at his headquarters in Ramallah.