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For unity government, Palestinian PM resigns

world Updated: Mar 08, 2009 00:10 IST

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Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has resigned from his post to pave the way for the formation of a national unity government, his office said on Saturday.

“Prime minister Salam Fayyad has submitted his resignation from the government of president Mahmud Abbas. This resignation will take effect following the formation of a national concensus government by the end of this month,” the statement said.

Fayyad, a politically independent former World Bank economist, was appointed prime minister following the Hamas movement's bloody takeover of the Gaza Strip in June 2007, which cleaved the Palestinians into two hostile camps.

The two sides met with other Palestinian factions in Cairo on February 26 to launch a reconciliation process aimed at forming a national unity government in the wake of Israel's massive offensive against Gaza at the turn of the year.