Ramallah: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas today formally accepted the resignation of his newly-installed prime minister Rami Hamdallah after just more than two weeks on the job.
"President Abbas has accepted the resignation of Hamdallah after he refused to work with two deputies," a senior said speaking on condition of anonymity. "He asked him to stay on in a caretaker role until he chose someone else to form a new government."
The crisis erupted on Thursday when Hamdallah unexpectedly tendered his resignation over what government officials said was a "power struggle" resulting from Abbas`s decision to install two deputies working directly under him.
At a meeting with Abbas on Friday, Hamdallah had withdrawn his resignation, a high ranking government official said, but after a further meeting today morning, the president decided he would accept it.
"Hamdallah initially agreed to withdraw his resignation (on Friday) but he insisted on Saturday during a meeting with the president on either not having any deputies, or having deputies with restricted powers," the source said.
"This led to a sharpening of the dispute over the powers of the prime minister, which ended up with the president accepting his resignation."