Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah this morning submitted his resignation to Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas. The story was first reported in Arabic media. Hamdallah issued an announcement via his official Twitter feed. The feed itself starkly illustrates his short tenure, which lasted some two weeks:
Reuters conveyed a government source indicating that Hamdallah had resigned due to a “dispute over his powers.” A Palestinian official clarified the dispute for Israel’s Yediot Aharonot, explaining that Hamdallah clashed with Mahmad Mustafa and Ziad Abu Amr, two deputies close to Abbas.
A source familiar with the incident told The Tower that Mustafa and Omro had begin giving orders and assigning themselves secretaries. The source conveyed rumors to the effect that Hamdallah was so annoyed that he drove away in his own car and called Abbas from inside the vehicle to tender his resignation. The Tower could not independently confirm the gossip.
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