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Abbas to meet PM after resignation

June 20, 2013 7:58 P.M. (Updated: June 23, 2013 9:35 A.M.)
ANABTA, West Bank (Ma’an) – Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah left his office in Ramallah at noon Thursday for his home in Anabta, east of Tulkarem in the northern West Bank.

He was traveling in a private vehicle just after offering his resignation to President Mahmoud Abbas, knowledgeable sources told Ma'an.

A delegation from the president’s office arrived in Anabta for talks with Hamdallah over his resignation. A source highlighted that the newly-appointed premier submitted his resignation to Abbas following a heated argument between his deputies Muhammad Mustafa and Ziad Abu Amr.

The source expects Abbas to meet Hamdallah later this evening to try to convince him to change his mind.

Aides to the president declined to comment on Hamdallah’s resignation.

But Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum was quick to remind the Palestinian Authority that Hamdallah’s resignation “was evidence that individual moves remain weak and unfeasible.”

Barhoum wrote on his Facebook page that the right choice would be to implement all the terms of a reconciliation agreement instead of “duplicating” past formulas.

Abbas swore Hamdallah into office on June 6. Upon taking the oath, he pledged that his government would follow President Abbas’ agenda and policies.

His cabinet held only two official sessions. Days ago, Palestinians in Hamdallah’s hometown Nablus demonstrated to urge the government to fight high prices and to lower taxes.

In the short time since taking office, Hamdallah has visited Jerusalem and prayed at the al-Aqsa Mosque. He also met with representatives of organizations in Jerusalem.
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