Mohammed Mustafa to head PA government with U.S. blessing

[ PIC 14/04/2013 – 10:51 AM ]

images_News_2013_04_14_mustafa_300_0[1]RAMALLAH, (PIC)– PA chief Mahmoud Abbas is expected to appoint Mohammed Mustafa, former chairman of Palestine Investment Fund, as head of the PA government in Ramallah, following Salam Fayyad’s resignation, informed sources said.

Mohammed Mustafa resigned from the presidency of the Investment Fund three days ago, and met with the US Secretary of State John Kerry where they agreed on invigorating the Palestinian economy after taking over as prime minister, sources told PIC reporter.

The sources added that the removal of Fayyad from his position and his replacement by another economic Fatah leader strongly associated to US policies aimed to maintain the U.S. policies.

The Americans were informed by this step requested by Abbas during US president Barack Obama’s recent visit in order to change the PA image in the West Bank.

The sources said that Salam Fayyad and Muhammad Mustafa have both worked in the World Bank and international and domestic economic institutions.

European countries as well as the US and the occupation were informed previously by this step which is not in any way related to the reconciliation process.

Palestinian President Abbas has accepted PM Fayyad’s resignation on Saturday evening few days after offering it due to internal disputes between Fayyad and the Fatah movement.

Abbas held a twenty minute meeting with Fayyad, at the Muqata government compound in Ramallah on Saturday evening, during which he accepted the resignation and asked Fayyad to stay on as caretaker until a new government was formed.

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