Palestinian president appoints new prime minister

Sunday 2 Jun 2013

Economist Rami Hamdullah to replace Salam Fayyad as Palestinian Prime Minister following weeks of indecision on who would be appointed to the post

The official Palestinian news agency says President Mahmoud Abbas has appointed a new prime minister, ending weeks of uncertainty following the resignation of the previous premier.

The Wafa agency said Abbas appointed academic Rami Hamdullah on Sunday evening. Hamdullah replaces Salam Fayyad, a respected U.S.-educated economist who was seen as being too independent and frequently clashed with Abbas.

Hamdullah is a member of the Fatah Party led by Abbas. He is now tasked with forming a new technocratic government.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters.

Hamdullah has no prior political or government experience. He is a British-educated English professor and dean of al-Najah University in the West Bank.

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