PA Planning Minister leading candidate for PM

US-educated Mohamed Abu Ramadan is leading candidate to succeed outgoing Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad.

June 2, 2013 18:31
PA Minister of Planning Mohamed Abu Ramadan.

Mohamed Abu Ramadan 370. (photo credit: PA Ministry of Planning)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is considering asking Mohamed Abu Ramadan, the PA Minister of Planning, to head a new government, Palestinian sources said on Sunday.

The sources said that the US-educated Abu Ramadan, who is from the Gaza Strip, was the leading candidate to succeed outgoing PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.

The sources told the Palestinian daily Al-Quds that Abbas was scheduled to announce within the next 24 hours the identity of the new prime minister.

Like Fayyad, Abu Ramadan is also an economist.

Earlier, some Palestinians predicted that Abbas would appoint Mohamed Mustafa, head of the Palestine Investment Fund, as prime minister.

Fayyad submitted his resignation to Abbas a few weeks ago following increased tensions and disagreements between the two men.

However, Azzam al-Ahmed, a senior Fatah official in Ramallah, said that the new government would be headed by a Palestinian academic. He refused to reveal the identity of the academic.

He said that most of the ministers would retain their jobs after the departure of Fayyad.

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