RAMALLAH, West Bank – The political future of Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad appeared shaky Thursday amid reports that he will resign after growing tired of constant battles with his rivals.
Fayyad has come close to stepping down before, only to be pressed by President Mahmoud Abbas to stay on as leader of the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority government.
Though Fayyad, a Western-educated independent, is popular among donors and the international community, he is resented by many leaders of Fatah, the main political faction in the West Bank.
Sources close to Fayyad said he has recently become tired of what he considers plots by Fatah to shift blame onto him for the Palestinian Authority's chronic cash shortages. They said he had already offered his resignation to Abbas.