June 21, 2013 | Quote

Palestinian Authority PM Quits After Two Weeks

Rami Hamdallah resigned yesterday as Palestinian Authority prime minister, just two weeks after taking the post.

It was unclear whether the PA president, Mahmoud Abbas, would accept the resignation.

Mr Hamdallah's office declined to comment, but an official close to him said the decision was made because of a “dispute over his powers”.

The latter is an economic adviser to the president and chief executive of the Palestine Investment Fund.

Mr Schanzer said it “was clear that Mohammed Mustafa … had more power than the prime minister himself, who had no practical experience in running a government”.

He said it “should therefore come as no surprise that Hamdallah wants out”.

The position of PA prime minister was created in 2003 under pressure from the United States to weaken the powers of the president, Yasser Arafat.

Mr Hamdallah, 54, is considered to be politically close to Fatah.

He has served as president of Nablus's An Najah National University since 1998, and many credit him for expanding and improving the university's course offerings.

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