(JNS.org) Rami Hamdallah, the newly appointed
Palestinian Authority (PA) prime minister, has abruptly submitted his
resignation to PA President Mahmoud Abbas.
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took office on June 6, resigned as a result of a dispute over his powers, Ma’an News Agency reported.
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, who was not a member of Fatah, may
have resigned over clashes with other Fatah party leaders in his cabinet.
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 been serving more than four
years since his term as PA president expired in January 2009.