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Happy 59th Birthday to Rami Hamdallah PM of Palestine born August 10, 1958

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Rami Hamdallah (Arabic: رامي حمدالله‎‎; born on 10 August 1958) is a Palestinian politician and academic. He is the Prime Minister of the State of Palestine and the president of An-Najah National University in Nablus.[1]

On 2 June 2013, the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas named him to succeed Salam Fayyad as prime minister.[2] His appointment was not recognized by Hamas, who were not consulted in the decision.[3] He is a member of Fatah;[4] however, the BBC states that he is a political independent.[5] On 20 June 2013, Hamdallah tendered his resignation, which Abbas accepted on 23 June.[6] Six weeks after that, Abbas asked Hamdallah to form a new government, which he did on 19 September 2013.[7] He was appointed the head of the Palestinian government of 2014 on 2 June 2014.[8]

Early life and education[edit]

Rami Hamdallah was born in Anabta in the northern Palestine on 10 August 1958.[9] He graduated from the University of Jordan in 1980 and received his MA from the University of Manchester in 1982. Hamdallah completed a PhD in linguistics at Lancaster University in 1988.

Career[edit]

Hamdallah, widely known as Abu Walid (‘Father of Walid’, after one of his deceased children) is a professor at An-Najah National University, where he was hired in 1982 as English instructor. He was appointed president of the university in 1998. During his 15 years’ term, he tripled the student enrollment, which now numbers 20,000 students on 4 campuses. He also opened a 400-bed teaching hospital. He served as the secretary general of Palestinian Central Elections Commission from 2002 to 2013.[10] He was the commission’s deputy chairman in 2011.[3][11] He sworn in as prime minister on 6 June 2013[12] and replaced Salam Fayyad in the post.[13] Only two weeks into the job, however, Hamdallah tendered his resignation, reportedly as result of interference with Hamdallah’s authority by Abbas’ aides.[14] On 23 June 2013, Abbas accepted Hamdallah’s resignation, but appointed him as the head of the interim government.[15] Hamdallah’s resignation was praised by Mohammed Dajani, the founder of the Wastia Movement of Moderate Islam in the West Bank, who stated that “I respect him for taking this decision. They thought he would be window dressing and he would not accept that.”[16]

Six weeks after Hamdallah’s resignation, Abbas asked him to form a new government, which he did on 19 September 2013.[7]

Personal life and views[edit]

Three of his children, 11-year-old twins and a 9-year-old boy, were killed in a car accident. He believes the only investment Palestinians can make is in education.[17]

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