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The two tweets of the Prime Minister

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Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah submitted his resignation yesterday, after a little over two weeks on the job, but is reported to be reconsidering. He tweets here.

Update, from the Jerusalem Post:

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has retracted his resignation on Friday evening, after a meeting with PA President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, a PA official told the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency.

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  1. Justpassingby
    June 21, 2013, 4:36 pm

    Israel/US cant even put their puppets in check.

  2. Maximus Decimus Meridius
    Maximus Decimus Meridius
    June 21, 2013, 5:12 pm

    Does Hamdallah accept payment in shekels, rials or dollars?

  3. Rusty Pipes
    Rusty Pipes
    June 21, 2013, 6:47 pm

    Apparently, he’s disturbed that his appointed deputy prime ministers have worked around him on a couple of responsibilities that are supposed to be part of the Prime Minister’s job, including economic policy:

    Hamdallah was “upset over his treatment by his two deputy prime ministers, Ziad Abu Amr and Mohammed Mustafa, and their attempts to gain powers not assigned to them,” the official said.

    “Mustafa was authorized by Abbas to sign all economic agreements, particularly those with the World Bank, without the consent of Hamdallah, he said.

    Hamdallah objected saying these were prime ministerial powers, the official added.

    Mustafa, who heads the Palestine Investment Fund and was handed the role of economic adviser, was initially tipped as a possible successor to Fayyad.

    Mustafa, not Hamdallah, gave the first news conference after the new 25-member cabinet held its first meeting on June 11.

  4. annie
    June 21, 2013, 8:19 pm

    from the jpost update:

    “Hamdallah discovered that the Palestinian Authority president wants him to serve as a yes-man with no powers,” the source explained. “Abbas wanted a prime minister who would play no role and only carry out orders from the president’s office.”

    Abbas’s decision to appoint two deputy prime ministers with expanded powers to the new government was the first sign of the PA president’s intention to curtail the powers of Hamdallah.

    Some Palestinians pointed out that the real prime minister was Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Muhammad Mustafa, who also serves as the director of the PLO’s Palestine Investment Fund.

    Mustafa was initially reported to be Abbas’s favored candidate to replace Fayyad. It remains unclear why Abbas finally preferred Hamdallah over Mustafa.

    “Hamdallah quit because he was lacking any authority,” said Palestinian political analyst Hani al-Masri. “He discovered that he was just another employee with the rank of prime minister. He had two deputies who were in charge of the political and economic portfolios.”

    i’m calling this an alleged retraction on the resignation until i see it on his twitter feed.

  5. Philip Munger
    Philip Munger
    June 22, 2013, 6:08 am

    The theatre of the absurd.

  6. eljay
    June 22, 2013, 9:30 am

    He’s right to resign if his job is to be little more than a neutered figurehead.

  7. iResistDe4iAm
    June 23, 2013, 8:07 am

    2 more tweets…

    The President officially accepted my resignation. R.H.

    The situation in this country forced me to resign. Conflicts, confusion, corruption. Palestine needs a real political reform. R.H.

  8. iResistDe4iAm
    June 26, 2013, 10:22 am

    Yet another 2 tweets…

    “Dr. Hanan Ashrawi to be appointed as new Prime Minister.”

    “President Mahmoud Abbas expressed me his intention to resign ‘as soon as possible’ after new cabinet’s appointment.R.H.”

    Abbas resigning? …yeah right!

  9. iResistDe4iAm
    June 26, 2013, 11:56 am

    And the last tweet?

    “This account is an hoax created by Italian journalist Tommasso Debenedetti”

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