Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas assigned on Sunday his long-time ally Mohammad Shtayyeh to form the new Palestinian government which will succeed the former consensus government of Ramai Hamdallah.

As a Palestinian economist and politician, Shtayyeh was born in the village of Tal near the northern West Bank city of Nablus in 1958.

He received his school education in the village and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economy and Business from Birzeit University near Ramallah in 1976.

The new prime minister has also received a PHD degree in economy development in a British university.

Shtayyeh holds several political, economic and professional positions in Palestine, mainly a professor and dean of college in Birzeit University, chairman of the Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction (PECDAR) and the minister of public work and housing.

He was elected as a member in the Fatah Central Committee in 2009 and in 2016.

Shtayyeh also holds various civil and academic positions, mainly chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Arab American University, member of the Board of Trustees of Al Quds University, member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Istiqlal, and chairman of the SOS Children’s Council.

He is also chairman of the Islamic Development Bank, president of Hassib Al Sabbagh and Saeed Khoury Award for Engineering.

He also participated in the establishment of the Palestinian Development Fund, the Palestinian Housing Council and the National Institute of Information Technology.

Shtayyeh founded the Palestinian Center for Regional Studies and the National Institute of Management to train the cadres of the Authority, improve performance and contribute to the reform process.

He also represented the state of Palestine in the meetings of the donor countries and the World Bank.

Shtayyeh headed the delegation of the Palestinian delegation to the multilateral negotiations on economic and regional cooperation dealing with trade, finance, infrastructure and tourism in the Middle East. Enditem

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