- Associated Press - Sunday, June 2, 2013

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — President Mahmoud Abbas has appointed a new prime minister, ending weeks of uncertainty following the resignation of the previous premier, the official Palestinian news agency said Sunday.

Mr. Abbas appointed academic Rami Hamdullah on Sunday evening, the Wafa agency said. Mr. Hamdullah replaces Salam Fayyad, a respected U.S.-educated economist who was seen as being too independent and frequently clashed with Mr. Abbas.

Mr. Hamdullah is a member of the Fatah Party, led by Mr. Abbas. The prime minister-designate is now tasked with forming a new technocratic government.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters.

Mr. Hamdullah has no prior political or government experience. He is a British-educated professor of English and dean of An-Najah National University in the West Bank.

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