Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurie denied Tuesday he was thinking about resigning in the wake of what officials called a heated argument with President Yasser Arafat over reforms. A senior Palestinian official said earlier that Qurie, who first threatened to quit late last year in a power-sharing dispute with Arafat over the formation of a government, told cabinet ministers he was considering stepping down. “Resigning? Why? I am here as the prime minister. I am not thinking about that,” Qurie said after a meeting with German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer in Berlin. Describing an encounter between Arafat and Qurie, one senior Palestinian official said: “A heated argument took place between (them) Saturday following a decision taken by the cabinet to make security and financial reforms.” Full Story
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