That was quick: 'Palestinian Prime Minister' Rami Hamdallah resigns
Less than a month after he was appointed, 'Palestinian Prime Minister' Rami Hamdallah has submitted his resignation. 'Moderate
Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen
has not yet decided whether to accept the resignation. The reason for the resignation is apparently that Abu Mazen wants him to be a yes-man
A source close to Hamdallah said that he submitted his letter of
resignation to Hussein al-A'raj, director of the PA president's bureau.
source attributed the resignation to a power struggle between Hamdallah
and his two deputies - Mohamed Mustafa and Ziad Abu Amr - who were
appointed by Abbas.
"The prime minister feels that his deputies have been encroaching on his powers," the source said.
submitting his resignation, Hamdallah left his office in Ramallah alone
and drove in his private car to his home in the village of Anabta in
the northern West Bank.
A senior PA official told the
Bethlehem-based Ma'an news agency that Hamdallah had not clashed with
Abbas. The official said that the real dispute was between Hamdallah and
his two deputies.
On Thursday evening, senior PA officials headed from Ramallah to Hamdallah's home to persuade him to withdraw his resignation.
source said that Hamdallah, who was appointed by Abbas on June 2,
quickly found himself in the same situation as his predecessor, Salam
"Hamdallah discovered that the Palestinian Authority
president wants him to serve as a yes man with no powers," the source
explained. "Abbas wanted a prime minister who would play no role and
only carry out orders from the president's office."
decision to appoint two deputy prime ministers with expanded powers to
the new government was the first sign of the PA president's intention to
curtail the powers of Hamdallah.
Some Palestinians pointed out
that the real prime minister was Deputy Prime Minister for Economic
Affairs, Mohamed Mustafa, who also serves as the director of the PLO's
Palestine Investment Fund.
Mustafa was initially reported to be
Abbas's favored candidate to replace Fayyad. It remains unclear,
however, why Abbas finally preferred Hamdallah over Mustafa.
quit because he was lacking any authorities," said Palestinian
political analyst Hani al-Masri. "He discovered that he was just another
employee with the rank of prime minister. He had two deputies who were
in charge of the political and economic portfolios."
You don't think Abu Mazen is insecure or something, do you?
Labels: Abu Mazen, Palestinian Authority, Rami Hamdullah, Salam Fayyad