Palestinian President Names Adviser As New Prime Minister

Palestinian President Names Adviser As New Prime Minister

Mohammed Mustafa was concerned in reconstruction efforts in Gaza after Israel’s 2014 invasion.

Ramallah, Palestinian Territories:

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has appointed Mohammed Mustafa, a long-trusted adviser on financial affairs, as Prime Minister, the official Wafa information company stated on Thursday.

Mustafa’s appointment comes lower than three weeks after his predecessor, Mohammed Shtayyeh, resigned, citing the necessity for change after the Hamas assault of October 7 triggered struggle with Israel in Gaza.

The 69-year-old now faces the duty of forming a brand new authorities for the Palestinian Authority, which has restricted powers in elements of the Israeli-occupied West Financial institution.

Mustafa, who studied at George Washington College in Washington, is an unbiased govt committee member of the Palestine Liberation Organisation — dominated by the ruling Fatah motion.

He has served as deputy prime minister for financial affairs, held a board seat on the Palestine Funding Fund and labored in a number of senior positions on the World Financial institution.

He has additionally suggested the Kuwaiti authorities and the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia, the Public Funding Fund.

Since 2007, management of the Palestinian territories has been divided between Abbas’s Palestinian Authority within the West Financial institution and Hamas within the Gaza Strip.

Mustafa was concerned in reconstruction efforts in Gaza after Israel’s 2014 invasion.

‘Proper-hand man’

Mustafa’s appointment represents an try to bolster Palestinian establishments and “shut some loopholes within the Palestinian Authority” at a time when Abbas is “below siege and below strain” from Israel and the US, Palestinian analyst Abdul Majeed Sweilem instructed AFP.

Mustafa would seemingly be seen as “acceptable to the Individuals as he follows a liberal strategy,” Sweilem added.

But Khalil Shaheen, political analyst and author, stated Mustafa’s closeness to Abbas limits prospects for main change.

“In the long run, the person (Mustafa) stays the right-hand man of President Abbas… Abbas desires to say that he helps reforms, however they continue to be below his management,” Shaheen stated.

The present Gaza struggle broke out after Hamas operatives attacked southern Israel on October 7, which resulted within the deaths of round 1,160 folks, largely civilians, in accordance with an AFP tally of Israeli figures.

The retaliatory Israeli army offensive in Gaza has killed at the least 31,341 folks, most of them girls and youngsters, in accordance with the territory’s well being ministry.

Through the struggle, violence within the West Financial institution has flared to ranges unseen in practically twenty years.

Israeli troops and settlers have killed at the least 430 Palestinians within the West Financial institution for the reason that Gaza struggle started, in accordance with the well being ministry in Ramallah.

The US and different powers have known as for a reformed Palestinian Authority to take cost of all Palestinian territories after the tip of the struggle.

Shortly after Shtayyeh’s resignation in late February, Palestinian factions together with Hamas and Fatah participated in talks hosted by Russia that addressed the struggle in Gaza and post-war plans.

Afterward, the factions stated in an announcement they’d pursue “unity of motion” in confronting Israel.

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