Newly appointed Palestinian Authority prime minister abruptly resigns

(  Rami Hamdallah, the newly appointed Palestinian Authority (PA) prime minister, abruptly submitted his resignation to PA President Mahmoud Abbas after only 18 days in office.

The Palestinian flag. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

“The situation in this country forced me to resign,” Hamdallah tweeted on Sunday. “Conflicts, confusion, corruption. Palestine needs a real political reform.”

Hamdallah, who was the president of An-Najah University in Nablus, was appointed to the position following the resignation of Salam Fayyad. A political newcomer, many analysts suspected that Abbas choose Hamdallah for the position in order to maintain the ties with Western countries, which provide the PA with substantial amounts of foreign aid, that Fayyad had established.

But the PA, which is controlled by Abbas’s Fatah party, has been accused by many of corruption and mismanagement. Hamdallah was not a member of Fatah.

The PA has not held elections since 2006 due to a dispute with Hamas, which ousted the PA and Fatah from the Gaza Strip in 2007. Abbas, meanwhile, has served more than four years since his term as PA president expired in January 2009.


Posted on June 20, 2013 .