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Palestinian president discharges Nablus governor

April 27, 2016 2:01 P.M. (Updated: April 27, 2016 4:44 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday discharged Nablus governor Akram Rajoub, in what he said was likely due to internal political disputes in the Fatah party.

The former governor told Ma’an that he received a phone call from Abbas’ office notifying him of his dismissal. Rajoub initially said he had “no idea” regarding the potential reason behind the decision, but said he would comply with the order.

Rajoub wrote on social media following his dismissal that he may have been discharged due to internal political disputes taking place inside the PA’s ruling party Fatah, and prided his performance during his term as governor.

“I have always sided with citizens and never against them…I have never stolen from the public, nor have I taken advantage of my position for private gains…my principles and my attitudes can’t be argued and I will never back down on any nationalistic or political opinion,” Rajoub wrote.

Palestinian media speculated the dismissal may have come after Rajoub criticized the PA on social media.

Others meanwhile speculated that Abbas disapproved of Rajoub’s behavior at a Passover ceremony last week at the Samaritan community in Nablus when he walked out on a speech by the head of a Nablus settlement council, followed by other Palestinian officials and dignitaries.

“[...] We can’t accept the presence of settlers and the fact that they were invited to deliver speeches in the Samaritan ceremonies,” Rajoub told Ma’an at the time.

While Rajoub’s dismissal has yet to be explained by Abbas’ office, internal divisions within the Fatah party -- particularly among leaders in Nablus -- have been longstanding.

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