The new ambassador of Palestine

A Palestinian diplomat who was the country’s ambassador for 40 years has been replaced – with his daughter. The appointment of Salam Zawawi by President Mahmoud Abbas drew sarcastic comments and accusations of nepotism from many Palestinians. She replaces Salah Zawawi, who was appointed as Palestine’s envoy to Tehran in 1981. “Salam Zawawi took the legal oath of office in front of the president of Palestine,” the country’s official news agency reported. The ceremony took place on Saturday in Amman, where Mr Abbas has a residence. He frequently conducts official business from the Jordanian capital and meets foreign officials there for logistical reasons. Izzadeen Ahmad, a Palestinian journalist, said that a “young” Mr Abbas made a “natural” move by appointing Ms Zawawi.