In the ensuing hullabaloo surrounding Baroness Thatcher’s death, I missed a pretty major news announcement coming out of Palestine; PM Salaam Fayaad resigned from government.
Fayaad is described by Huffington Post pretty well:
His departure could spell trouble for Abbas. Fayyad, a Western-trained economist, is well respected in international circles, and he is expected to play a key role in U.S. efforts to revive peace talks.
Fayaad has a certain following amongst western intellectuals and diplomats who view his more moderate take as an economist and diplomat. Known as “Fayyadism”, his main initiative was to start a functioning state in terms of governance and public utilities. I am sad to see him go, but I think that there are a multitude of other problems in Palestinian governance and maybe Fayaad didn’t have enough political strength to push through badly needed reforms.