Palestinian PM Hamdallah submits resignation
Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah chairs the first working meeting of the new Palestinian government in the West Bank town of Ramallah on June 11 (Abbas Momani / AFP)
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Newly appointed Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah submitted his resignation to President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday, government sources told Al Arabiya.
Hamdallah’s resignation comes only two weeks after he took office. However, it was not immediately clear whether Abbas had accepted the resignation. A source described Hamdallah’s move as “tactical” and likely meant to get rid of his deputies.
AFP also quoted a government source as saying that Hamdallah “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.
The 24-member cabinet included some changes, notably the appointment of two deputy premiers and a new finance minister, but remained largely unchanged from its predecessor.