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Two weeks in, new P.A. prime minister quits

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June 20, 2013 | 12:13 pm

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in the West Bank city of Ramallah on June 19. Photo by Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in the West Bank city of Ramallah on June 19. Photo by Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

The newly appointed Palestinian Authority prime minister, Rami Hamdallah, resigned after two weeks in his post.

Hamdallah offered his resignation to P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday, Reuters reported, citing a P.A. source. It was not known if Abbas accepted the resignation.

Hamdallah, who was the president of an-Najah National University in Nablus before being sworn in on June 6, met last week with his Cabinet for the first time. He visited the al-Aksa Mosque in Jerusalem earlier this week.

He succeeded Salam Fayyad, who resigned in mid-April but remained to lead a caretaker government until a new government was formed.

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