Second Hamdallah Government

The Palestinian governments of 2013 were two Palestinian governments established respectively in June and September 2013. They ruled de facto over the West Bank only.

The Palestinian government of June 2013 was led by Rami Hamdallah, appointed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas by presidential decree on 6 June 2013 in Ramallah, the West Bank. The cabinet comprised 24 members, and was not presented for approval by the Palestinian Legislative Council. Two weeks later, Hamdallah resigned in protest at the appointment of two deputy prime ministers for political and economic affairs. Hamdallah later backtracked from his resignation and on 19 September 2013, the cabinet was sworn in for the second time, without any changes.

The Hamdallah government succeeded the successive governments of Salam Fayyad, who had resigned as a consequence of the 2011–2012 anti-corruption protests.


On 14 February 2013, amid pan-Arab calls for reform, Prime Minister Fayyad submitted to President Abbas his resignation along with that of his cabinet.[1] After consultations with other factions, institutions, and civil society groups, Abbas asked Fayyad to form a new government.[2] The reshuffle had long been demanded by Fayyad as well as members of Abbas's Fatah faction.[2]

On 6 June 2013, President Mahmud Abbas appointed Rami Hamdallah Prime Minister, but was not presented for approval by the Palestinian Legislative Council.

Two weeks later, Hamdallah resigned in protest at the appointment of two deputy prime ministers for political and economic affairs.[3] According to Hassan Khraisheh, deputy speaker of the PLC, the real reason Hamdallah resigned was because he discovered the Prime Minister has no power and that there was no point in having a prime minister “at a time when President Abbas has a monopoly over all the executive branch’s authorities.” “The presence of two deputy prime ministers, who are friends of President Abbas, means that the prime minister is a powerless figure,”[4] Hamdallah’s June appointment was originally envisioned as an interim measure until a unity government with Hamas could be formed.

On 23 June 2013, Abbas accepted Hamdallah’s resignation, but asked him to stay on on a caretaker basis until a new premier could be appointed.[3]

On 19 September 2013, Hamdallah withdrew his resignation and the government was sworn in for the second time, without any changes.[5]

In June 2014, the government was replaced by a Fatah-Hamas unity government, with Hamdallah as prime minister.

Members of the GovernmentEdit

June 2013 to June 2014 [6][7][8]

Minister Office Party
1 Rami Hamdallah Prime Minister Fatah
2 Ziad Abu Amr Deputy Prime Minister for Political Affairs[5]
3 Muhammad Mustafa Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs[5]
4 Riyad al-Malki[9] Foreign Affairs Minister Ex.PFLP
5 Said Abu Ali Interior Minister Fatah
6 Shukri Bishara Finance Minister
7 Ali Muhanna Justice
8 Ahmad Majdalani Labor
9 Ali Abu Zuhri Education Minister
10 Kamal al-Sharafi Social Affairs
11 Mahmoud al-Habash Waqf and Religious Affairs
12 Rabiha Diab Women's Affairs
13 Issa Qaraqe Prisoners Affairs
14 Maher Ghneim Public works and Housing
15 Adnan al-Husseini Jerusalem Affairs
16 Jawad Harazallah National Economy
17 Rula Maa'yaa Tourism and Antiquities
18 Safaa’ Nasser Eddin Telecommunications and Information Technology
19 Walid Assaf Agriculture
20 Jawad Awwad Health
21 Sa’ed al-Kawni Local Government
22 Nabil Dmeidi Transportation
23 Muhammad Abu Ramadan State for Planning affairs
24 Hussein al-Sheikh Civil Affairs [10] Fatah
25 Fawwaz Aqel Secretary-General of the Cabinet (Rank of Minister)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Unrest in the Middle East and North Africa – country by country". CNN. 18 February 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Palestinian cabinet resigns". Al Jazeera English. 14 February 2011. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
  3. ^ a b Abbas asks caretaker Palestinian PM to stay on. Agence France-Presse, 13 August 2013
  4. ^ PA's Abbas accepts PM Hamdallah's resignation. Khaled Abu Toameh, Jerusalem Post, 23 June 2013
  5. ^ a b c Abbas swears in 16th Palestinian Authority government in Ramallah. Jerusalem Post, 19 September 2013
  6. ^ Government of the State of Palestine, 6 June 2013. UN Observer SoP. Archived on 18 October 2013
  7. ^ United Nations Development Programme—Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People. Archived on 17 September 2015
  8. ^ 15th government of Palestinian Authority sworn in. Khaled Abu Toameh, Jerusalem Post, 6 June 2013
  9. ^ Kuwait News. KUNA, 17 November 2013
  10. ^ Israel agrees to return stolen organs of dead Palestinians. Al Arabiya, 14 November 2013