Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salaam Fayad resigned as head of an emergency government and was immediately appointed Saturday to lead an interim Cabinet, after a state of emergency imposed after Hamas's Gaza takeover expired.
Fayad's resignation and reappointment were part of a move by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to consolidate his control over the West Bank. Hamas has alleged that Abbas's decisions in the past month, including forming the emergency Cabinet, were not legal.
The interim government will remain in place until Fayyad forms a new administration. By law, any new government requires parliament approval. However, the legislature has been paralyzed as a result of the power struggle between Hamas and Abbas's Fatah movement and is not expected to convene any time soon.
In a letter to Fayad, Abbas said he accepted his resignation and asked him to form a new government. In the meantime, Fayad will head a caretaker government, Abbas wrote.