Former Palestinian prime minister denies New York Times interview

May 5, 2013 at 7:22 AM
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RAMALLAH, West Bank, May 5 (UPI) -- Former Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad denied reports he had attacked the Palestinian leadership in a recent newspaper interview.

"The statements in the article are just journalist Roger Cohen's personal impressions, and certainly not the words of Fayyad, who did not make any statements or conduct interviews for The New York Times or any other newspaper or agency since his resignation," a statement released by his office Saturday said.

The Ma'an News Agency said the statement referred to an article the Times published Friday, in which he was quoted as saying "our story is of a failed leadership."

When asked to comment, Cohen said in an email to the Times of Israel he had interviewed Fayyad, but declined to elaborate.

Fayyad resigned as prime minister April 13, after almost six years in office. He is currently acting as caretaker prime minister but is expected to cease activities within a month.

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