RAMALLAH: The Palestinian Authority labor minister who declared he would resign amid protests over the death of an activist in custody will ultimately remain in office, he said Sunday.
Nasri Abu Jaish, who is also the representative of the left-wing People’s Party in the government, said late June he would quit the Fatah-led PA due to “its lack of respect for laws and public freedoms.”
Abu Jaish had announced his pending resignation as protesters demanded President Mahmud Abbas step down, following the violent arrest and death in custody of activist Nizar Banat.
Banat, a 43-year-old known for social media videos denouncing alleged corruption within the PA, died on June 24 shortly after security forces stormed his house, beat him and dragged him away.
But on Sunday, Abu Jaish said in a statement that prime minister Mohammad Shtayyeh had twice refused to accept his resignation, leading him to “continue in the Palestinian government as a minister of labor.”