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Abbas 'will not seek re-election to top PLO and Fatah posts'

Published 01/09/2015 | 16:44

Mahmoud Abbas has said he will not seek re-election to the top posts in the PLO or his Fatah movement, according to officials
Mahmoud Abbas has said he will not seek re-election to the top posts in the PLO or his Fatah movement, according to officials

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has told confidants he will not seek re-election to the top posts in the Palestine Liberation Organisation or his Fatah movement in upcoming elections, according to two officials.

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Mr Abbas would retain his most important post, as president of the Palestinian self-rule government.

Rumours had been swirling that the 80-year-old plans to step down as president because all roads to Palestinian statehood appear blocked.

The planned election of a new PLO executive committee in mid-September would create a pool of potential Abbas successors and give him a say when the time comes. Critics cast his latest moves as an attempt to sideline opponents.

The officials said that Mr Abbas told the PLO leadership a day earlier about plans to sit out PLO and Fatah elections.

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