Palestinian PM Qurei Says He Will Leave Post

(Jerusalem Post) Khaled Abu Toameh - Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei told Fatah officials during a meeting Sunday he did not intend to stay on as prime minister when the emergency government's term expires in three weeks. Fatah officials said that Qurei's resignation was a result of differences with Arafat over appointing Nasser Youssef as the PA interior minister and of granting Youssef control over the Palestinian security forces. A PA source said Arafat really objected to Youssef because he would be a strong interior minister. As head of police, Youssef led the crackdown on Hamas and Islamic Jihad in 1994/95.

2003-10-13 00:00:00

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