Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has asked academic Rami Hamdallah to form a new Palestinian Cabinet in the West Bank.
Hamdallah, is president of Al-Najah University in Nablus, where he is an English professor. He is to replace Salam Fayyad who quit in April and formally leaves office this month. Fayyad, a U.S.-educated economist, frequently clashed with Abbas.
Hamdallah is a member of Mr. Abbas' Fatah Party, is chairman of the Palestinian stock exchange and has led the Palestinian Election Commission since 2002