Caretaker Prime Minister says Resignation Still On

RAMALLAH, July 30, 2013 (WAFA) – Caretaker Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah denied Tuesday that he has apologized to President Mahmoud Abbas for his June 21 resignation and said in a statement that he will continue as caretaker prime minister until the legal period for his post expires.

Hamdallah was responding to a report in the London-based al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper which said he has apologized to Abbas for his resignation and for any embarrassment it has caused to him.

It claimed the apology, which came in the recent government meeting held Sunday at Abbas’ headquarters in Ramallah, made Abbas consider asking Hamdallah to form a new government.

Hamdallah formed the 15th Palestinian government succeeding Salam Fayyad, who resigned in April due to disagreement with Abbas and his Fatah party after six years in office.

However, Hamdallah submitted a resignation to Abbas on June 21, after only 18 days in office, which Abbas accepted on June 23 following failed efforts to reconcile their differences over what Hamdallah had said was infringement on his powers as prime minister by his two deputies, Muhammad Mustafa and Ziad Abu Amr, both appointed by Abbas.

Al-Quds al-Arabi said Abbas wants a way out for the legal impasse in forming a new government particularly as the five-week period for the caretaker government is about to expire.

It said Abbas is considering asking Hamdallah after apologizing to form a government of his choice but to keep at least Mustafa as deputy prime minister.

Hamdallah denied in his statement that he has apologized or that he is considered to form a new government and insisted the he will remain as caretaker until his legal five-week period is over.

He said that the last government meeting with Abbas focused on “the latest political and economic developments and efforts by the government to strengthen the steadfastness of our people.”

source : WAFA NEWS