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Hamdallah Resignation

  • By : Brian Bush
  • June 21, 2013
  • 6:27 pm

Hi Friends,

Well – so much for my prediction the Spurs would win the NBA Finals…

And so much for Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, who has reportedly submitted his resignation less than a month after he was sworn in!

There has yet to be a confirmation if Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has accepted it.

It seems that the two deputy prime ministers, one overseeing the political and the other the economy, who were appointed by Mr. Abbas to work alongside Mr. Hamdallah, may have been hampering with or encroaching upon his power as Prime Minister.

An unnamed source in the PA said that, although there was no cronfrontation between the men, Mr. Abbas wants a yes-man as Prime Minister.

Other sources have mentioned similar insight.

Some are saying that Mr. Abbas has preferred one of the deputy Prime Ministers as his preferred choice for the original job,

Mr. Hamdallah was president of An-Najah University in Nablus, and is largely credited with creating it into a successful institution of higher education.

Thus the idea that he is to simply play no role in the Palestinian Authority, and only carry out orders from Mr. Abbas, doesn't appear to be to his liking.

The resignation can be seen as a crisis plaguing the PA's political system.

Mr. Hamdallah replaced Salam Fayyad who was popular with Western Powers for his routing out of corruption and bold economic reforms.

Mr. Fayyad's decision to step down was largely seen as a concession towards Hamas by the Fatah dominated PA in an effort to establishment of a unity government between the two main Palestinian factions.

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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