Just days after asking the Palestinian Legislative Council for more authority to negotiate with Israel and the U.S., Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas resigned his post Saturday.
Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas appeared before the Palestinian Legislative Council Thursday to ask that the government either give him the support necessary to move forward in implementing the U.S.-backed road map, or end his term.
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said the Palestinian Authority must crack down more forcefully on militant groups such as Hamas and called on both sides to move "beyond" cease-fire negotiations.
President Bush met with four Arab leaders and the new Palestinian prime minister Tuesday to discuss the fight against terrorism and his attempts to implement a "road map" to peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
Palestinian lawmakers Tuesday approved a new Cabinet and prime minister, Mahmoud Abbas, in a leadership change designed to restart the Middle East peace process.
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