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Abbas accepts prime minister's resignation

From Kareem Khadder and Amir Ahmed, CNN
updated 4:40 PM EDT, Sat April 13, 2013
Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Jerusalem in July 2012.
Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Jerusalem in July 2012.

Jerusalem (CNN) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, a Palestinian Authority spokeswoman told CNN.

The official Palestinian Authority news agency Wafa published a statement from Abbas, who met with Fayyad at the presidential compound in Ramallah.

The prime minister gave the president his resignation; Abbas asked Fayyad to lead a caretaker government until a new one is formed.

Fayyad's resignation comes after longtime internal policy disputes between the two men.

CNN's Kareem Khadder reported from Jerusalem and Amir Ahmed from Atlanta.

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