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Abbas accepts resignation of Palestinian prime minister

From Yousuf Basil, CNN
updated 9:20 PM EDT, Sun June 23, 2013
Newly appointed Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah has stepped down.
Newly appointed Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah has stepped down.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The prime minister is appointed as the head of an interim government
  • He was named prime minister on June 2

(CNN) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday accepted the resignation of the newly-appointed prime minister, who steps down three weeks after taking office.

The president appointed Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah as the head of an interim government, state-run WAFA news agency reported.

Abbas named Hamdallah, president of a West Bank university, as his new prime minister on June 2 and asked him to form a new Cabinet.

Hamdallah is a British-educated linguist and longtime academic. He became president of An-Najah National University in the West Bank city of Nablus in 1998.

CNN's Kareem Khadder contributed to this report

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