Abbas asks caretaker Palestinian PM to stay on
RAMALLAH (AFP) - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has asked caretaker prime minister Rami Hamdallah to stay on, tasking him on Tuesday with forming a new government, a spokesman said.
"Abbas on Tuesday met head of the caretaker government Rami Hamdallah and tasked him again with forming a government," the Palestinians' Wafa news agency quoted Mr Abbas' spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina as saying.
Mr Hamdallah's office said in a statement he had accepted the task and would form a new government within five weeks.
Mr Abbas accepted Mr Hamdallah's resignation on June 23 after barely two weeks on the job, but asked him to stay on on a caretaker basis until a new premier could be appointed.