Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority

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The Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority is post of the head of government of the Palestinian Authority government, which operated between 2003 to January 2013, when it was officially transformed into the State of Palestine. Some still refer to the Prime Minister of the Gaza Strip as the Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority.

The Prime Minister's Office was created in 2003 to manage day-to-day activities of the Palestinian government. The position was created because both Israel and the United States had indicated their refusal to negotiate directly with Yasser Arafat. The executive structure of the government however lies under the President of the Palestinian National Authority.

First Prime Minister[edit]

In March 2003, President Arafat nominated Mahmoud Abbas for the post of the first Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority. On 29 April, the Palestinian Parliament approved the appointment.[1][2]

Term[edit]

The Prime Minister was appointed by the President of the Palestinian National Authority and not directly elected by the Palestinian Legislative Council (parliament) or Palestinian voters.[citation needed]

Unlike the Prime Minister's office in many other nations, the Palestinian Prime Minister is not required to be a member of the legislature while in office. Instead, the appointment is made independently by the ruling party. The Prime Minister is expected to represent the majority party or ruling coalition in the parliament.

List of Prime Ministers (2003–2013)[edit]

# Portrait Name
(Born-Died)
Term of office Party
1 Mahmoud Abbas.jpg Mahmoud Abbas
(b. 1935)
19 March 2003 6 September 2003 Fatah
(Palestine Liberation Organization)
2 Kurei.jpg Ahmed Qurei
(b. 1937)
7 October 2003 18 December 2005 Fatah
(Palestine Liberation Organization)
Nabil Shaath 0c182 8694.jpg Nabil Shaath
(b. 1938)
18 December 2005 24 December 2005 Fatah
(Palestine Liberation Organization)
(2) Kurei.jpg Ahmed Qurei
(b. 1937)
24 December 2005 29 March 2006 Fatah
(Palestine Liberation Organization)
3 Ismail Haniyeh.jpg Ismail Haniyeh
(b. 1963)[3]
29 March 2006 2 June 2014
(disputed from 14 June 2007)
Hamas
4 Salam Fayyad (cropped).jpg Salam Fayyad
(b. 1952)[4]
15 June 2007 6 January 2013
(Became the Prime Minister of the State of Palestine)
Third Way

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Arafat chooses Palestinian prime minister. CNN, 6 March 2003
  2. ^ Inaugural Speech - Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmud Abbas. MidEastweb, 29 April 2003
  3. ^ Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority of the Government in the Gaza Strip
  4. ^ Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority of the Government in the West Bank

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