Palestinian PM Hamdallah submits resignation

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah speaks during a joint news conference with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (not seen) in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on June 19, 2013. (File photo: AFP)

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.

Sources told Al Arabiya 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 as 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.

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.

(With AFP and Reuters)

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