Palestinian Govt Steps Down

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NABLUS:The Palestinian national unity government formed last year to heal a split between President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah Party and the Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, has resigned, officials say.

Senior Palestinian officials say President Abbas has now tasked Premier Rami Hamdallah to form a new government.

Nimr Hammad, an adviser to Abbas said Wednesday that discussions to form a new government would include consultations with the various Palestinian political parties and factions. “Hamdallah handed his resignation to Abbas and Abbas ordered him to form a new government,” media outlets quoted Hammad as saying.

Amin Maqbul, the secretary general of the Revolutionary Council, which serves as Fatah’s legislative body, had earlier noted that the first Palestinian unity government was stepping down due to its inability to exert authority in the besieged and war-torn Gaza Strip. “The government will resign in the next 24 hours because this one is weak and there is no chance that Hamas will allow it to work in Gaza.”

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