SHAFAQNA- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accepted the resignation of his government, Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, on Tuesday.
“The government of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah submitted on Tuesday its resignation to President Mahmoud Abbas,” official news agency Wafa said in English following a Cabinet meeting.
Abbas accepted the government’s resignation and ordered it to continue performing its duties until a new cabinet can be formed, Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.
“The prime minister and his ministers welcome the Fatah Central Committee’s decision to form a new government,” Palestinian Authority government spokesperson Yusuf al-Mahmoud said in a statement earlier. “Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has placed his government at the disposal of the President of the Authority,” he added, hinting at impending resignations within the cabinet.
It was unclear how the change of government could impact on policy. Secularist Abbas remains the primary decision maker and interlocutor with the international community.
Hamdallah headed the national unity government formed in 2015 and led Fatah’s reconciliation efforts with Hamas, which has governed Gaza since 2007. The two groups signed an agreement two years ago which called for Abbas’ Palestinian Authority to gradually resume governance over Gaza, RT reported.