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Palestinian leader, premier to meet over resignation plans

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and his prime minister will try to settle a dispute that led Salam Fayyad to consider his resignation, during a joint meeting in Ramallah Saturday, a Palestinian source said. The meeting which will start at 0800 GMT was scheduled after US Secretary of State John Kerry asked Abbas in a telephone conversation late Friday to find common ground, the source said.

Palestinian PM offered resignation, officials say

Palestinian officials say Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has offered his resignation to President Mahmoud Abbas as part of an increasingly bitter conflict over authority.The officials say Abbas has not responded to Fayyad's offer. Tensions between the two have been rising, most recently over the right to hire and fire Cabinet ministers. Fayyad enjoys the strong support of the international community.Three officials confirmed the offer in comments to The Associated Press but insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the issue with media.

Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad offers resignation, officials say

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has offered to resign because of an increasingly bitter dispute with President Mahmoud Abbas over the extent of his authority, officials said on Thursday.Abbas has not responded to Fayyad, who enjoys the support of the international community, particularly the United States.It was not clear if Abbas, who was expected back in the West Bank later on Thursday from a trip to Qatar, will accept Fayyad's resignation at a time when the US is trying to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.As part of that effort, US Secretary of State J

Palestinian president under pressure to back Fayyad

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas faced pressure from Western allies on Thursday not to let Prime Minister Salam Fayyad quit at a time when Washington is seeking to resurrect Middle East peace talks.Palestinian sources told Reuters that Fayyad had offered his resignation in a letter to Abbas following weeks of sparring over his handling of the government and an economic crisis afflicting the Israeli-occupied West Bank.Fayyad, a former World Bank official, is credited by Western powers with helping create the institutions needed if the Palestinians are to gain independence f

US dismisses speculation over Fayyad resignation

The United States on Thursday reacted warily to speculation Palestinian premier Salam Fayyad was poised to offer his resignation to president Mahmud Abbas after a dispute between the two. Rumours the US-educated economist would either resign or be told to step down by Abbas have been rife in recent weeks following the high-profile dispute between the pair over the government's hiring and firing policy. But a senior official at the US State Department poured cold water on the idea, telling reporters he did not believe Fayyad was on the verge of resigning.

Palestinian president under pressure to back Fayyad

By Crispian Balmer RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas faced pressure from Western allies on Thursday not to let Prime Minister Salam Fayyad quit at a time when Washington is seeking to resurrect Middle East peace talks. Palestinian sources told Reuters that Fayyad had offered his resignation in a letter to Abbas following weeks of sparring over his handling of the government and an economic crisis afflicting the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Palestinian PM Fayyad offers resignation: official

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has submitted his resignation, awaiting President Mahmoud Abbas to approve it, an official from Abbas' Fatah party said Thursday.Fayyad decided to quit over a dispute with Abbas over Finance Minister Nabil Qassis' resignation.

US dismisses speculation over Fayyad resignation

The United States on Thursday shot down speculation Palestinian premier Salam Fayyad is poised to offer his resignation to president Mahmud Abbas after a dispute between the two. Rumours the US-educated economist would either resign or be told to step down by Abbas have been rife in recent weeks following the high-profile dispute between the pair over the government's hiring and firing policy. But a senior official at the US State Department poured cold water on the idea, telling reporters he did not believe Fayyad was on the verge of resigning.

Palestinian president under pressure to back Fayyad

By Crispian Balmer RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas faced pressure from Western allies on Thursday not to let Prime Minister Salam Fayyad quit at a time when Washington is seeking to resurrect Middle East peace talks. Palestinian sources told Reuters that Fayyad would present his formal resignation to Abbas later on Thursday after weeks of sparring over his handling of the economic crisis afflicting the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

PM Fayyad set to quit: Palestinian official

Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad has prepared a letter of resignation which he will submit to president Mahmud Abbas on Thursday, a senior Palestinian official said. Abbas and Fayyad are known to have been at loggerheads over a raft of issues, including the resignation of the Palestinian Authority's finance minister, which Abbas refused to accept but which was agreed by Fayyad, a US-educated economist. "Fayyad has prepared a letter of resignation which he will present today to Abbas," the official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.
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