RAMALLAH, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- The Palestinian government Tuesday declared for the second time that it has submitted its resignation to President Mahmoud Abbas, following its weekly cabinet meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
In a statement, the government said it "will continue to serve our people wherever they are and shoulder all its responsibilities until a new government is formed."
Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah expressed his appreciation to his cabinet members for the support of the president and the Palestinian leadership during the period of his government work.
The statement said the step came in support of national forces and factions as well as all components of Palestinian society in order to overcome the difficulties and face the challenges with a strong national will.
Abbas is expected to declare a new government after consultations, while the current government stays in place.
Hamdallah, 60, was first appointed as prime minister on July 6, 2013. His government underwent two changes until it was declared by the president as National Conciliation Government on June 2, 2014, and was mandated to seek an end to the division and achieve reconciliation.