Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (C) and Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah (L) look on during the swearing-in ceremony of the new Palestinian unity government in the West Bank city of Ramallah June 2, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/ABBAS MOMANI)
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Prime minister Rami Hamdallah, who stays on in his current post to head the first Palestinian unity government in seven years, is a respected academic who is little-known abroad.Hamdallah, 55, was first appointed to the position of premier in June 2013 after his predecessor Salam Fayyad resigned.A political independent, but known to be close to the Fatah movement of President Mahmoud Abbas, Hamdallah is hailed as a moderate pragmatist, although he lacks Fayyad's international recognition.
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