Mahmoud Abbas appointed new Prime Minister of Palestine

Last Updated on March 15, 2024 7:59 am

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appointed Mohammad Mustafa as the new Prime Minister of Palestine. With this new appointment, Mustafa replaced former Prime Minister Mohammad Shatayeh.

He resigned with the government last February, citing the need for change amid Israel’s war on Gaza and the escalation of violence in the occupied West Bank.

In a statement announcing the appointment on Thursday, Abbas asked Mustafa to plan to reunify the administration in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, reform the government, lead the security services and the economy, and fight corruption.

Al Jazeera reported that Mohammad Mustafa is an economist and has been serving as an economic advisor to Mahmoud Abbas for a long time. Besides, Mohammad Mustafa, who studied in the United States, has held various senior positions in the World Bank in the past.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has named his longtime economic adviser, Mohammad Mustafa, as the next prime minister, according to reports. Abbas made the appointment in the face of US pressure to reform the Palestinian Authority as part of Washington’s post-war vision in Gaza.

The 69-year-old Mustafa, apart from serving in various senior positions at the World Bank, previously served as the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy of Palestine.

The internationally recognized Palestinian Authority, dominated by the Fatah party, exercises limited self-rule in the occupied West Bank. They lost control of Gaza to Hamas in 2007.

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