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Hamas said it welcomed the resignation of that Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zhuri said Fayyad left the government in debt and downplayed the resignation's impact on the unity talks with Fatah:
Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad quit yesterday after months of tension with President Mahmoud Abbas, leaving the administration in disarray just as the United States tries to revive peace talks with Israel.
Abbas, who has been unhappy with Fayyad's handling of the cash-strapped government, accepted the resignation and asked Fayyad to stay on as caretaker until a new government is formed, according to official Palestinian news agency WAFA.
Palestinian law requires the president to appoint a new prime minister within two weeks. Mr Fayyad, a Texas-educated former World Bank official, is credited with helping create institutions in the occupied West Bank.
Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has resigned, leaving the country without one of its most moderate voices, Reuters reported.
President Mahmoud Abbas met with Fayyad today and accepted his resignation, thanking him from his service, the official Palestinian news agency Wafa said.
According to the statement, Abbas asked Fayyad to continue to continue in his post until he forms a new government.
The president is expected to name a new prime minister within days, Reuters reported, citing unnamed Palestinian officials.