Palestinian prime minister named

AFP-JIJI

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday named Rami Hamdallah to form a new government, and the university chief said he accepted the task.

The move came on the last day of a deadline to find a successor to Salam Fayyad, who quit April 13 after weeks of tensions due to long-standing differences with Abbas over the finance portfolio.

Hamdallah, 54, is the president of Al-Najah University in Nablus.