Has Fatah abandoned its founding principles? Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (C) attends the Fatah congress in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Nov. 29, 2016.
(photo by REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman) Author: Ahmad Melhem Posted December 16, 2016 RAMALLAH, West Bank — Fatah’s seventh congress came to a close Dec. 4, after its election of a new Central Committee and Revolutionary Council. During the five-day conference, Fatah further entrenched itself as a ruling party that is committed to agreements with Israel as opposed to a national liberation movement with a variety of political views. This was solidified when the movement adopted the Palestinian Authority (PA) political program, which is based on negotiations and coexistence with Israel, even though this program has proven to be a total fiasco since the signing of the Oslo Accord in 1993.
Il 7° Congresso di Fatah: svolgimento, conclusioni e discorso di Mahmoud Abbas. Mcc43.
Palestina prepara il settimo Congresso di FATAH. Mcc43 Più che in altri contesti, la scelta del leader palestinese attiene non tanto alle qualità personali quanto ai rapporti di forza fra correnti politiche legate a patron internazionali amici, ma a volte ostili alla causa dell’indipendenza dei Palestinesi.
“Il Presidente dello Stato della Palestina Mahmoud Abbas ha detto che il Comitato Centrale del Movimento “Fatah” all’unanimità ha deciso di tenere il settimo Congresso del Movimento Martedì 29, del mese di novembre.” La comunicazione è stata data l’1 novembre in lingua araba e poco ripresa daimedia. Le “formiche” cantano messa - chi è paolo messa e perché mai spunta urbi et orbi? Denise Pardo per "l'Espresso" Paolo Messa MAESTRO DI CERIMONIE.
Nuovi Pantheon, nuovi fenotipi da segnalare. Chi è Paolo Messa e perché mai spunta urbi et orbi? Officia? ANTENNE SHOW. At Fatah congress, Rajoub. The Palestinian news agencies on Sunday published the first results in the Fatah Central Committee elections for key positions in the political party.
Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign up! Coming in first place was Marwan Barghouti, held in Israeli prison for murder after orchestrating deadly terror attacks during the Second Intifada, followed by Jibril Rajoub, the head of the Palestinian Football Association (PFA). 'Fatah Central Committee' Sees Light Ahead of Preparing For Abbas Successor - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English.
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Fatah congress to usher in new generation of Palestinian leaders. Palestinian students supporting the Fatah movement take part in a rally at Birzeit University in Ramallah, West Bank, April 26, 2016.
(photo by REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman) Author: Daoud Kuttab Posted November 24, 2016 The 1,500-plus delegates of the seventh Fatah congress, the next generation of Palestinian leaders, will be relatively younger (in their 40s and 50s) and more representative of the occupied territories than the current leadership. The congress, to be held Nov. 29 in Ramallah, will agree on a political platform and an action plan for the Palestinian struggle and elect the new members of the movement’s Revolutionary Council and the Central Committee. Abbas re-elected party leader as #Fatah opens rare congress #Palestinians #MahmudAbbas. Very impressed by open discussion at #Fatah 7th Congress heard by international guest from around the world #LongLiveInternationalSolidarity.
Here in Ramallah –1400 delegates of the 7th Fatah conference elected by consensus President Mahmoud Abbas as chairman of Fatah movement. Mahmud Abbas addresses first Fatah congress since 2009. Despite internal division, Palestinian President Abbas unanimously reelected as Fatah head - Middle East News - Haaretz. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was on Tuesday unanimously reelected president of the Fatah movement at its seventh general conference in Ramallah.
He had been expected to deliver the gathering’s keynote speech later in the evening, but it was postponed until Wednesday. Abbas re-elected party leader as #Fatah opens rare congress #Palestinians #MahmudAbbas. Fatah holds congress amid Abbas' succession speculation - News from Al Jazeera. Ramallah, Occupied West Bank - After a two-year delay, Fatah movement's seventh congress is expected to open on Tuesday amid Internal wrangling over Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' succession.
Up to 1,400 invited members are expected to design the movement's strategy for the next five years. The congress will also elect Fatah's 23-member Central Committee, presided by Abbas, and its 132-member Revolutionary Council. Abbas is said to be under pressure from Arab states to name a successor. Expert: Abbas Family Corruption Preventing PA President from Naming Successor. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, 81, recently refused a request from four Arab states to name a successor because he will only pick someone who will preserve his sons’ business empire, longtime Arab affairs correspondent Yoni Ben Menachem wrote Wednesday for the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.
Abbas rejected a request from Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates to allow longtime rival Mohammed Dahlan to return from exile and prepare to be his successor, Ben Menachem reported. (Dahlan, the PA’s one-time Gaza security chief, was expelled from Fatah, the party headed by Abbas, after being charged with corruption in 2011.) Some Fatah members believe that Abbas’ refusal to accept Dahlan as an heir apparent, and choosing instead to mollify Egypt and Jordan by cancelling local elections, was “political suicide.” Mohammed Rashid, who had been Yasser Arafat’s economic adviser, told Yousef that Abbas has misappropriated more than $100 million. Under pressure, Abbas plans first Fatah congress since 2009. RAMALLAH (AFP) — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party aims to hold its first congress since 2009 by the end of this year, an official said, in what some analysts have called a bid by the 81-year-old to stave off rivals.
Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign up! The plan to hold the congress of the mainstream party he heads comes as Arab states have reportedly been pressuring Abbas to bring longtime rival Mohammed Dahlan back from exile in the United Arab Emirates. While Abbas’s advisers insist the congress is being organized simply because it is overdue, some analysts see it as an opportunity for him to reshuffle key positions and sideline Dahlan allies. Fatah's leadership in danger as Dahlan prepares to take over. Palestine's al-Fatah group prepares to choose its new leader at the end of the month as Mahmoud Abbas, president of Palestinian Authority and the head of al-Fatah, is to leave his post.
Abbas' main rival seems to be Muhammad Dahlan who lives in the United Arab Emirates and has not step in Palestine for the last five years. 81-year-old Abbas who had dismissed Dahlan from al-Fatah committee in 2011, lashes out anyone, supporting Dahlan and therefore Palestinians claim Dahlan's supporters are arrests and torture. "The United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Jordan are planning for a post-Mahmoud Abbas era that would leave his Fatah archrival Mohammed Dahlan in control of the Palestinian presidency, the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority," Middle East Eye reported on last May, quoting anonymous Palestinian source.
Meanwhile, Dahlan has sought ways for a rapprochement with Hamas, initiating humanitarian projects in Gaza Strip. Untitled. (MaanImages) PLO official says internal vote delayed for about 3 months. The Palestine Liberation Organization's parliament says it's delaying internal leadership elections for at least three months, in an announcement that made the anticipated postponement official. Salem Al-Zanoun, the speaker of parliament, told reporters on Wednesday that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has agreed to delay the Palestinian National Council meeting, originally set for next week, to give more time to prepare for the vote. The PLO parliament has more than 700 members, including many in the Palestinian diaspora. A quorum of two-thirds is needed for a session and there was concern it could not be met. And when Abbas goes? The Palestinian National Council (PNC) is expected to meet this month in its first session since 2009 to accept the resignation of Mahmoud Abbas as chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), along with more than half the Executive Committee’s 18 members.
The PNC does of course have the option of rejecting some or all of the resignations, and in any case Abbas still wears several hats: he remains head of state, President of the Palestinian Authority, commander-in-chief, and head of the Fatah political party. Moreover, all those who resign are free to stand again. Palestinians at home and in exile don’t know whether to laugh or cry at the unfolding spectacle, which may herald a succession process.
Abbas, now 80, appears to have hand-picked Saeb Erekat, who has his own hefty record of past resignations, to handle the international community and intelligence chief Majid Faraj to control internal affairs. There are rays of hope. Abbas rival calls for ouster of Palestinian leader. Mohammed Dahlan criticized Mahmud Abbas, saying all his decisions should be voided by next congress A prominent rival of president Mahmud Abbas called for the ouster of the veteran leader on Monday as Palestinians seek to organise a congress for the first time in nearly 20 years. Mohammed Dahlan, once a leading figure in Abbas's Fatah party but now in exile in Dubai, took to his Facebook page to criticise the Palestinian president. His comments came after Abbas resigned Saturday as head of the Palestine Liberation Organisation's Executive Committee in a bid to force new elections for the top body.
His resignation along with more than half of the 18-member committee will only take effect with a meeting of the Palestine National Council. The PNC is a congress of 740 members representing those who live in the Palestinian territories and in the diaspora. It should also "declare the State of Palestine and immediately call presidential and legislative elections," he said. Challenges ahead for Fatah. Palestinian Fatah supporters carry Fatah flags during a rally marking the 10th anniversary of the death of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Nov. 11, 2014. (photo by REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly) Author: Daoud Kuttab Posted December 24, 2014 On Jan. 1, 1965, a military communique was issued in Kuwait announcing the first armed Palestinian operation against Israel stemming from south Lebanon. Iran, PA to Cooperate against Israel. JERUSALEM, Israel -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is planning to lead a delegation to Tehran within a couple of months, according to a senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
PLO member Ahmad Majdalani discussed Abbas' upcoming visit during meetings in Tehran over the past two days with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Zarif and President Hassan Rouhani. Majdalani said Iranian officials agreed to work with the P.A. to organize a conference of international leaders aimed at forcing Israel to dismantle its nuclear program, Jerusalem Post Palestinian Affairs correspondent Khaled Abu Toameh reported. According to the report, Majdalani also blamed Israel for the failed peace process and asked Iran to support its unilateral statehood efforts with the international community. Majdalani also reportedly discussed repeated failures by the PLO's Fatah faction to form a unity government with Hamas, the Palestinian faction controlling the Gaza Strip. Abbas' resignation rumors intensify. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends a Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah, March 19, 2015.
(photo by REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman) Author: Ahmad Melhem Posted August 13, 2015 RAMALLAH, West Bank — Leaked information that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas allegedly intends to resign and about the identity of his successor has grabbed Palestinians’ attention anew. Abbas has been insisting for some time now that he will not run again to head the Palestinian Authority whenever elections are eventually held, but he has also not appointed a vice president, who would be his likely successor. According to Palestinian law, presidential elections should be held every four years, but the last contest took place in 2005.