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Hamas welcomes resignation of Palestinian PM

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:

The acceptance of Salam Fayyad resignation has nothing to do with the unity agreement but it is related to the conflict between Fatah and Salam Fayyad and that was explained during the latest revolutionary committee meeting for Fatah movement where there was a demand for the dismissal of Salam Fayyad because of the conflict between the two sides. Regarding to the unity agreement it is in the hands of Fatah movement whenever it is ready to fulfil the agreement totally and stop picking what it wants. Salam Fayyad has gone from the government after he left our nation with a lot of debt.

Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad resigns position

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.

Obama watches a cultural event alongside Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad at the Al Bireh Youth Center in Ramallah in March. Credit: REUTERS/Jason Reed

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.

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Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad resigns

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.

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has resigned his position. Credit: REUTERS/Issei Kato

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.