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[Published: Tuesday March 10 2009]

Palestinian PM Fayyad steps down

Palestine, 10 March-(ANA)-Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has submitted his resignation to President Mahmoud Abbas, he said in a statement.

The move comes ahead of power-sharing talks between Mr Abbas and his rivals Hamas, who control the Gaza Strip.

Mr Fayyad's resignation would pave the way for the formation of a national unity government, but he will not step down until that happens.

The move is being seen as conciliatory, as Hamas had demanded his departure.

Delegations from Fatah and Hamas, as well as other Palestinian groups, have set up committees to look at forming a unity government and holding elections. (ANA)

FA/ANA/10 March 2009---

 


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