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PA public works minister tenders resignation

April 19, 2010 5:27 A.M. (Updated: April 20, 2010 1:14 A.M.)
Ramallah - Ma'an – Minister of Public Works Mohammad Shtayyeh tendered his resignation on Monday, informing President Mahmoud Abbas and the Ministers Council that he wished to resign his public office.

Shtayyeh cited his desire to devote his energies to the Fatah movement, to which he was elected a member of the Central Committee in August.

During the Sixth Fatah Conference, delegates decided to implement a party regulation requiring members voted into the Central Committee would not be permitted to hold public office.

Shtayyeh was managing director of the Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction (PECDAR, an institution tasked by the Palestinian Authority to supervise donor-financed projects) in 1996 and a founding member of the Palestinian Development Fund. He has been active in the Hamas-Fatah unity negotiations. He was elected to the Palestinian government in 2005 and appointed Minister of Public Works. He was appointed Minister of Public Works in the caretaker government in 2007, and again in 2008.

Shtayyeh holds PHD in economic development from a university in the UK, and worked as a teacher at Bir Zeit University where he was appointed dean.
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