Palestinian prime minister Mohammad Shtayyeh and government resign

Orhan Wadia
Orhan Wadia - Editor
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Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh announced his resignation and that of his government on Monday.

  • In a Facebook post, Shtayyeh stated, “I submitted the government’s resignation to President Mahmoud Abbas last Tuesday, and today I submit it formally.”
  • This move comes amidst mounting pressure from the United States on the PA to reform its governance structure in the occupied West Bank.
  • The PA, established in the mid-1990s as a temporary body under the Oslo Accords, exercises limited self-rule in parts of the West Bank.
  • Long criticized for alleged shortcomings in its administration, the PA is dominated by the Fatah party and lost control of Gaza in 2007 to Hamas.
  • While advocating for a Palestinian state encompassing both the West Bank and Gaza, the US envisions a reformed PA as a central component.

US and Palestinian Views:

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  • Shtayyeh previously stated that US intervention was necessary for a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but expressed skepticism about the current administration’s commitment.
  • Public opinion within the Palestinian territories reveals low confidence in the PA, with many favoring its dissolution and a significant majority calling for President Abbas’ resignation.

Historical Note:

  • The role of Prime Minister within the PA was created in 2003, marking a shift towards power-sharing under President Yasser Arafat in response to international demands for reform.

Disclaimer: This news article is based on publicly available information and does not claim to be exhaustive or definitive. The views expressed herein are not necessarily those of the author or any affiliated organization.

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