SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Prime Minister, leaves his office in the West Bank town of Ramallah in this Tuesday, April 22 , 2003 file photo. Abbas resigned today, said chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat. The resignation dealt a serious blow to US-backed peace efforts. Yasser Arafat has accepted his resignation. Meanwhile, in Jerusalem, a senior Israeli official said Abbas remained Israel's sole partner in the peace process.