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Sunday, April 07, 2013

Abbas to fire Fayyad?

From JPost:
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas may dismiss Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayad,
according to an AFP report quoting a member of Fatah's Revolutionary Council on Friday.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the member said that the president “is leaning towards dismissing Fayyad from the head of the government and forming a new one.”

According to the member, the conflict between Abbas and Fayad arose following the resignation of the Palestinian Authority's finance minister Nabil Qasis when Abbas refused to accept the resignation but Fayad agreed to.

The official said "Abbas informed Fayyad that if Nabil Qasis did not return to the finance ministry... Abbas would dismiss his government and form a new one," AFP reported.
Arabic media is quoting today's Al Hayat (London) as saying that Abbas said this during a Fatah Revolutionary Council meeting, saying "I am more angry at the [Fayyad] government than all of you ... I do not want to say more than that, but something will happen within three days." This is interpreted as meaning that Abbas told Fayyad that he has three days to resign before he gets sacked.