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Will Palestine Bid Fayyad Farewell?

An ongoing rift between Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and President Mahmoud Abbas has raised questions about Fayyad's future, Daoud Kuttab writes.
Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad attends the opening session of an international conference of solidarity with the Palestinian and Arab prisoners and detainees in Israel's prisons, in Baghdad December 11, 2012. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR3BFVA

The next few days will reveal whether Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Salam Fayyad will stay in his position or be replaced. The Palestinian cabinet is due to vote during its weekly meeting Tuesday, March 26 on the annual budget of the state of Palestine. If the budget is approved and then signed by PA President Mahmoud Abbas, Fayyad will be safe.

Palestine has been full of rumors that Fayyad, a former International Monetary Fund official and prime minister since 2009, might be on his way out following a falling out between him and the Palestinian president.

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