Ramallah, 21 Jumadil Awwal 1434/2 April 2013 (MINA) – Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad was hospitalized on Monday after falling ill suddenly at his office in the Ministry of Finance.

Fayyad was taken to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah. Hospital sources said the premier was admitted for stomach pains. He is in a stable condition but will be kept in overnight, they told Ma’an as quoted by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA).

Fayyad is currently acting finance minister following the resignation of Nabil Qassis.

Fayyad was born in Deir al-Ghusun. Fayyad began his career teaching economics at Yarmouk University in Jordan, before joining the International Monetary Fund in 1987, where he served as representative to the Palestinian National Authority from 1996-2001.

Following this Fayyad served as the regional manager of the Arab Bank in the West Bank and Gaza until he accepted an offer to become Yasser Arafat’s finance minister.

Upon resigning as finance minister, Fayyad ran as founder and leader of the new Third Way party in the legislative elections of 2006 alongside Hanan Ashrawi and Yasser Abd Rabbo. Fayyad and Ashrawi won their seats.

His first appointment as PA prime minister, on 15 June 2007, which was justified by President Mahmoud Abbas on the basis of “national emergency”, has not been confirmed by the Palestinian Legislative Council, the Palestinian Authority’s parliament. He was reappointed on 19 May 2009. Fayyad has also been the finance minister  from 17 March 2007 and previously held the post from June 2002 to November 2006. Fayyad is an internationally respected economist and politician.(T/P01/P03).

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)

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