Palestinian PM, in office 2 weeks, quits

Special to WorldTribune.com

RAMALLAH — The new prime minister has quit because of a dispute with
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Officials said Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah offered his resignation
just two weeks after he was sworn into office.

Rami Hamdallah.  /AFP
Rami Hamdallah. /AFP

The officials said Hamdallah, a U.S.-educated academic, was dismayed by his failure to impose his authority on the Ramallah government.

“[This resignation followed] “outside interferences in his powers and duties,” Hamdallah said on his Facebook page on June 20.

Officials said Hamdallah, dean of An Najah University in Nablus, failed to win the support of Cabinet members of the ruling Fatah movement. They said the new prime minister appealed to Abbas to intervene.

Western dignitaries have scheduled meetings with Hamdallah, who replaced
longtime Prime Minister Salam Fayad. In April, Fayad also resigned because
of a dispute with Abbas over authority.

“It has been my privilege to work with your predecessor and I am very
much looking forward to working with you,” European Union foreign policy
chief Catherine Ashton said on June 19.

Officials said they expected Abbas to reject Hamdallah’s resignation.
Over the next week, both PA leaders had been expected to meet visiting U.S.
Secretary of State John Kerry around June 28.

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