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 PM resigns

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad quit on Saturday 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.