(JNS.org) Palestinian Authority (PA) President
Mahmoud Abbas has called on Rami Hamdallah, who previously resigned as PA prime
minister, to form a new government within five weeks, Ma’an News Agency reported.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Credit: White House photo by Lawrence Jackson.
indicates that the two Palestinian leaders have ended their differences. Hamdallah,
who was the president of An-Najah University in Nablus, was appointed PA prime
minister on June 2 following the resignation of Salam Fayyad. Just two weeks after
his appointment, Hamdallah abruptly resigned over differences on cabinet appointments
with Abbas. But Abbas so far has not replaced Hamdallah with another prime
The PA has not held elections since 2006 due
to a dispute with Hamas, which ousted the PA and Fatah from the Gaza Strip in
2007. Abbas, meanwhile, has served more than four years since his term as PA president
expired in January 2009.
suspect Hamdallah, a political newcomer, was originally chosen as prime
minister by Abbas in order to maintain Fayyad’s ties with Western countries,
which provide the PA with substantial amounts of foreign aid.
may help Abbas bring stability to the PA amid renewed Israel-Palestinian
conflict talks, Hamdallah’s new role may also put unity talks with Hamas, which
controls the Gaza Strip, in jeopardy. Hamas called Hamdallah’s original appointment
as prime minister “illegal,” according to the Jerusalem Post.