It was not immediately clear whether Abbas had accepted the resignation or why Hamdallah, who was sworn in on June 6, had decided to quit.
According to a profile on the An-Najah website, Hamdallah has been president of a West Bank university since August 1998. He was also the secretary-general of the Palestinian Central Elections Commission and head of the Palestinian stock exchange.
He received a doctorate in applied linguistics from the University of Lancaster in 1988 and a master’s from the University of Manchester in 1982. He graduated from the University of Jordan in 1980 with a degree in the English language.