New Palestinian Prime Minister Named

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rami-hamdallahRami Hamdallah, 54, a linguistics professor and president of An-Najah University in Nablus, was appointed on Sunday as the new Palestinian prime minister, replacing Salam Fayyad.

Despite terming himself a political independent, many Fatah leaders consider Hamdallah “one of their own,” unlike Fayyad. Formally, he is supposed to head a transition government that will serve until the elections, but even the most optimistic scenarios do not envision these elections happening in the foreseeable future.

Hamdallah is familiar with crises. A decade ago, he experienced a personal tragedy when his wife and three daughters were killed in a car accident.

{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}

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