Palestinian PM cancels resignation

AFP-JIJI

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah withdrew an offer to quit on Friday, a day after presenting it to President Mahmoud Abbas, a high-ranking government official said.

Palestinian officials and media had reported a “power struggle” as being the reason for Hamdallah’s offer to quit, with the premier incensed by Abbas’ decision to appoint two deputy prime ministers in a government that was formed on June 6. “Hamdallah wants clear and defined powers as prime minister and for his deputies, based on the law, so his authority is not encroached on,” the official said, adding that the meeting had been “positive.”