Report: Palestinian PM Fayyad rushed to hospital

PA prime minister is in stable condition after being taken to Ramallah hospital suffering from stomach aches.

April 1, 2013 21:38
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Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY Prime Minister Salam Fayyad 370. (photo credit: Tovah Lazaroff)

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad was rushed to a Ramallah hospital on Monday evening, after feeling unwell in his office, Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported.

The Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah said Fayyad was admitted suffering from stomach aches, and that he was in stable condition.

Fayyad is expected to spend the night at the hospital in order to monitor his condition.

Fayyad has recently angered Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas when he reportedly asked to meet privately with US President Barack Obama during the American leader's visit to Ramallah.

One Fatah official, Tawfik Tirawi, accused Fayyad of seeking to replace Abbas as PA president with the backing of the US.

Recently, a sharp dispute erupted between Abbas and Fayyad over the resignation of PA Finance Minister Nabil Qassis.

While Abbas had rejected the resignation, calling on Qassis to remain in his job, Fayyad was quick to announce that he had accepted Qassis’s request to quit.

Fayyad’s announcement was seen by PA officials as a blunt challenge to Abbas’s authority.

Abbas is also said to be outraged by Fayyad’s latest decision to cut salaries of PA employees living in the Gaza Strip.

Khaled Abu Tomeh contributed to this report.

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