Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to meet on Thursday
with his prime minister, Salam Fayyad, to discuss the latter’s decision to
resign, a PA official in Ramallah said.
Abbas is expected to return to
Ramallah late on Thursday from a visit to Qatar and Jordan.
aides refused on Thursday to comment on reports that he had submitted his
resignation to Abbas.
On Wednesday, Reuters quoted two Palestinian
sources as saying that Fayyad had submitted his resignation to
Azzam al-Ahmed, a member of the Fatah Central Committee, said that
the meeting would decide the dispute between the two men.
between Abbas and Fayyad peaked recently over the resignation of PA Finance
Minister Nabil Qassis.
Qassis, who was handpicked by Abbas last year,
submitted his resignation to Fayyad several weeks ago. But while Fayyad accepted
the resignation, Abbas asked Qassis to remain in his job as finance
“President Abbas has made it clear from the beginning that
Qassis must remain in his job,” Ahmed said. “But Fayyad has been acting as if he
is the sole decision-maker.”
Ahmed said that Abbas had also warned Fayyad
that failure to reinstate Qassis would lead to the firing of the prime
“The Palestinian law clearly states that the president is the
only one authorized to appoint or sack the government or any of its ministers,”
Ahmed said. “Regrettably, Fayyad has broken the law.”
The PA official
said that Fayyad actually submitted his resignation to Abbas last
Fayyad’s repeated threats to quit reflect his discontent with
Fatah’s increased attacks on him and his policies.
Over the past few
months, several Fatah officials have been exerting pressure on Abbas to sack the
prime minister, whom they hold responsible for the sharp financial crisis in the
Tawfik Tirawi, another top Fatah official,
welcomed reports about Fayyad’s resignation.
Tirawi said that the Fayyad
government should resign in order to pave the way for the reconciliation between
Fatah and Hamas.
Hamas has repeatedly demanded the removal of Fayyad from
his post as a condition for joining a unity government with Fatah.
and other Fatah officials have also accused Fayyad of seeking, with the help of
the US, to replace Abbas as PA president.
“Some mistakenly think that
this is a Fatah government,” Tirawi said. “But the truth is that the government
only has a number of Fatah ministers.”
Fatah leaders also hold Fayyad
responsible for suspending salaries of thousands of their loyalists in the Gaza
Sources in Ramallah said that Abbas was unhappy with Fayyad for
holding separate meetings with US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State
John Kerry during their recent visits to the region.
met in his Ramallah office on Thursday with British Minister for International
Development Alan Duncan, and discussed with him the latest political and
economic developments in the Palestinian territories, according to a statement
released by the PA.
Fayyad also briefed Duncan on continued Israeli
violations against the Palestinians and their national rights, the statement
said, without referring to reports about the crisis between the prime minister