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Palestinian PM Rami Hamdallah to withdraw resignation, reports say

Hamdallah had been sworn in two weeks ago, but said bickering made his job impossible.

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Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah chairs the first working meeting of the new Palestinian government in the West Bank town of Ramallah on June 11, 2013. Hamdallah submitted his resignation to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Thursday over a "conflict of authority" after only two weeks on the job. (ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

Hours after offering his resignation, and just two weeks into his leadership, Palestine’s Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has now withdrawn from threats to quit politics.

According to BBC, Hamdallah met with President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday and agreed to reconsider.

He was sworn in June 6 to replace Salam Fayyad, who also quit in April after six years citing unrest within the government.

Hamdallah, an academic with little political experience, is planning to meet Abbas again on Saturday to make the final decision.

“There is a feeling here that (Abbas) is very angry with this move, but has not yet decided whether to accept the resignation, once again embarking on choosing from a mix of possible names and all the speculations about the next prime minister, or whether to sort out the issues with the prime minister and his deputies,” a Palestinian government representative told Haaretz.

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Another official told Reuters that Hamdallah made the abrupt, unexpected move on Thursday because of a “dispute over his powers.”

He said on his Facebook page that his decision came after “outside interferences in his powers and duties.”

Hamdallah’s cabinet consists overwhelmingly of members of the Fatah faction led by Abbas and political commentators had immediately questioned how much leeway he would have to maneuver, Reuters reported.

Palestine needs a leader to guide it through increasing economic pressures and US Secretary of State John Kerry’s pledge to restart the peace process.

There was hope among Western governments that Hamdallah, considered a moderate, would trigger change.

He had just met with European Union foreign secretary Catherine Ashton on Wednesday, and had entertained other visiting dignitaries, Reuters reported.

Palestine continues to try to build a stable government after a 2007 conflict between the two dominant factions, Fatah and Hamas.

Hamdallah had said he wanted to step away as soon as a more permanent government and leader could be appointed, Agence France-Presse reported.

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