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Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Abu Ala "can't go on like this any more"

Reuters has him quitting
Reuters: RAMALLAH, West Bank, Feb 17 - Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurie told cabinet members he is thinking of quitting following heated words with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat over reforms, a senior official said on Tuesday.

Qurie and Arafat battled over the formation of a cabinet when the prime minister took office late last year following the resignation of Mahmoud Abbas, who accused Arafat of obstructing him. At the time, Qurie threatened to resign but stayed on.

The official said Arafat on Saturday rejected a cabinet decision on reforms and an argument with Qurie ensued. "An angry Abu Ala (Qurie) told ministers...that he wants to resign and that he's thinking of quitting because he can't go on like this any more," the official said.
But Abu Ala's in Germany . . .

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, right, and the Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia, left, brief the media after a meeting in the Chancellery in Berlin Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2004. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Either the argument took place over the telephone, or Reuters is mistaken.