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Palestinian PM Salam Fayad submits resignation

PALESTINIAN Prime Minister Salam Fayad says he has submitted his resignation to President Mahmoud Abbas.

Fayyad made the announcement in a statement issued today.

He says the resignation would take effect after the formation of a Palestinian unity government, but no later than the end of March.

Fayyad's announcement comes just before the resumption of power-sharing talks between Abbas and his rivals from militant group Hamas.

Fayad was appointed by Abbas after Hamas' violent takeover of the Gaza Strip in 2007. His decision to resign can be seen as a conciliatory gesture toward the militant group.

Hamas has repeatedly demanded that Fayyad step down.


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