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Salam Fayyad is a Palestinian politician and former Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority. His first appointment, 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. On 13 April 2013, Fayyad resigned as Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority. His successor has yet to be appointed. (via Freebase)