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Abbas begins work to replace newly appointed P.A. prime minister

JERUSALEM (JTA) —  Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas accepted the resignation of his prime minister, who quit two weeks after taking office.

Abbas on Sunday appointed Rami Hamdallah, 55, to lead an interim government after accepting his resignation. Hamdallah reportedly quit after disagreements with his two Abbas-appointed deputy prime ministers.

He tendered his resignation on June 20, but after meeting with Abbas the following day it appeared he would withdraw the resignation, according to reports.

Hamdallah was the president of an-Najah National University in Nablus before being sworn in as prime minister on June 6. He succeeded Salam Fayyad, who resigned in mid-April but remained to lead a caretaker government until a new government was formed.

 

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