Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has offered his resignation amid political turmoil in the PA’s ruling faction, The Jerusalem Post reported Tuesday.
It has yet to be determined if PA President Mahmoud Abbas has accepted the resignation.
Hamdallah’s offer of resignation comes after the Fatah Central Council recommended on Sunday that Abbas form a government with members of Fatah and independents.
Fatah is the largest Palestinian faction and is based in the West Bank. It is headed by Abbas.
The current government, led by Hamdallah, is called the Palestinian National Consensus Government, as it is the result of a 2014 agreement between Fatah and Hamas.
Fatah officials have explained that the reason for dissolving the current government is the ongoing political struggle with Hamas.
The Times of Israel reported that Fatah Central Committee Member Azzam al-Ahmed said on Sunday that the refusal of Hamas to hand control of Gaza to the PA spurred the calls for a new government.
“We plan to form a new government of factions soon in response to Hamas’s failure to undertake its national responsibility in handing over the Gaza Strip to the legitimate PA,” Ahmed said. He added that though Hamas helped form the previous Palestinian government, it would play no role in forming the new one.
Hamas, the terrorist organization that exercises complete political and military control over the Gaza Strip, has blasted the PA’s effort to create a new government without them.
“Fatah’s call for forming a new government consisting of PLO factions will solidify the split between the West Bank and Gaza Strip,” said Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum. “Our people are in need of a national unity government that would represent all Palestinians.”
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