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Palestinian officials say PM Fayyad offered his resignation, awaits response from president

Palestinian officials say Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has offered his resignation to President Mahmoud Abbas as part of an increasingly bitter conflict over authority.

The officials say Abbas has not responded to Fayyad's offer.

Tensions between the two have been rising, most recently over the right to hire and fire Cabinet ministers. Fayyad enjoys the strong support of the international community.

Three officials confirmed the offer in comments to The Associated Press but insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the issue with media. Two of the officials spoke on Thursday.

They also disagreed on when Fayyad offered his resignation. One official said it was in February while two said it was last week.

Fayyad first told Abbas late last year that he wanted to quit.