The Palestinian premiere and his cabinet today handed in their official resignations after elections in the country looked to be won by the radical militant group Hamas. The result predictions have been described as shocking.
Official results are not due until later today. Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia said: “This is the choice of the people. If it’s true, then the president should ask Hamas to form a new government. For me, personally, I sent my resignation.”
By law, the Palestinian president must ask the party with the most seats to form a government. Hamas has said previously they were not interested in governing alone and could ask Fatah to form an alliance.