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Rami Hamdallah Resigns As Palestinian PM, But Causes Unintentional Twitter Storm

20/06/2013 16:43 BST
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Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah chairs the first working meeting of the new Palestinian government in the West Bank town of Ramallah on June 11, 2013. The new government was sworn in on June 6, after the resignation of premier Salam Fayyad in April. AFP PHOTO/ABBAS MOMANI (Photo credit should read ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

The newly-sworn in Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has resigned less than one month into office.

Hamdallah, a British-educated academic who ran as an independent, was sworn in on 6 June, replacing Salam Fayyad. The Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has yet to issue a response to the resignation.

The BBC reported Hamdallah's office said he submitted his resignation because of a "conflict over authority".

Hamdallah's now-abandoned Twitter account issued just two tweets, a welcome message on 6 June, and the announcement of his resignation.

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The Twitter account of Rami Hamdullah

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Hamdallah's cabinet had only met for the first time last week, but the government has been plagued by in-fighting since his appointment. The now ex-PM had always made it clear he intended to govern only for a "transitional period".

An official source told Reuters that the abrupt resignation resulted from a "dispute over his powers".

Hamas, one of two main factions in the Palestinian Authority which is the oppostion to Abbas' Fatah party, had declared Hamdallah's appointment 'illegal'.

Hamdallah's appointment was unexpected, he was plucked from his role as a university dean by Abbas to take the position after Fayyad resigned in April.

Abbas gave Hamdallah two deputies, one for political and one for economic affairs, apparently to make up for his lack of political experience, AP reported.