Abbas formally accepts resignation of Palestinian PM

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday formally accepted the resignation of his newly appointed Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, the presidential office said.

"The president accepted the resignation of the prime minister and designated him to head an interim government," Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Rdaineh said, according to Reuters.

Hamdallah’s resignation comes only two weeks after he took office.

At a meeting with Abbas on Friday, Hamdallah had withdrawn his resignation, a high ranking government official said, but after a further meeting on Sunday morning, the president decided he would accept it.

Sources told Al Arabiya earlier this week 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.

(With AFP and Reuters)

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