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Palestinian prime minister submits government’s resignation to President Abbas

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Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh announced on Monday that he had submitted his government’s resignation to President Mahmoud Abbas.

“I will submit my resignation from the government to President Mahmoud Abbas on February 20, 2024, and I will submit it in writing today,” Shtayyeh said in a press conference via the Palestinian Press and Information Authority.

Abbas still has to decide whether to accept the resignation of Shtayyeh and his government, but the move could lead to reforms that the Western-backed Palestinian leadership deems necessary to revitalize the Palestinian Authority. The company has shown a willingness to accept some restructuring.

The United States wants a reformed Palestinian Authority to rule Gaza once the war between Israeli forces and Hamas terrorists ends.

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Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh announced on Monday that he had submitted his government’s resignation to President Mahmoud Abbas. (AP)

The prime minister said the decision “takes into account political, security and economic developments related to attacks against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the unprecedented escalation in the West Bank, including the city of Jerusalem.”

“This is a sign that the Palestinian people, our Palestinian cause, and our political system have been attacked with unprecedented ferocity, genocide, attempted forced displacement, famine in Gaza, the escalation of colonialism, terrorism, repeated invasions, the reoccupation of camps, villages and cities in Jerusalem and the West Bank, unprecedented financial strangulation, and attempts to liquidate the United Nations Refugee Works Agency. , repudiation of all signed agreements, gradual annexation of Palestinian lands, and turning the Palestinian National Authority into a security executive authority without political content,” Shtayeh said.

“We will continue to confront the occupation forces and the Palestinian Authority will continue to struggle to establish a state on Palestinian land,” he added.

Mr. Shtayeh spoke amid the complex circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic, the Russian-Ukrainian war and its economic impact on the Palestinian people, and the conflict with Israel, which he described as genocide against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. He said the government has been working on this.

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Prime Minister Steyer

Steyer said the government had been working in a complex situation, including the coronavirus pandemic, the Russia-Ukraine war and its economic impact on the Palestinian people, and the conflict with Israel. (Reuters)

“In these circumstances, governments must strike a balance between meeting the needs of their people and providing them with the services they deserve, including infrastructure, legislation, reform programs, civil peace, local elections, and parliaments. “We were able to achieve our commercial and other rights, as well as our political and national rights, to protect them, to confront settlements, to support conflict areas and Area C, to fight occupations, “It’s about internationalizing the conflict,” he said.

The prime minister added that five years after forming a government, it is a “political and professional government that includes many political partners and independents, including five ministers from Gaza.”

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Mr. Steyer concluded by explaining his reasons for tendering his resignation.

“The next steps and their challenges therefore include new governmental and political arrangements that take into account the new realities in the Gaza Strip, the urgent need to negotiate national unity and build an inter-Palestinian consensus on a national basis. “I see what is needed: broad participation, class solidarity, and an extension of the Palestinian Authority’s sovereignty over all of Palestine.”

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