Palestinian National Authority

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas consolidates control over his party

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas consolidates control over his party

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas cemented his control over his political party, Fatah, on Sunday after 18 politicians loyal to him won spots on its powerful Central Committee. The vote capped a six-day conference of the party, which also saw a former West Bank security chief receive a boost as a potential successor to Abbas. 

“The president after this conference is stronger than before. He has new legitimacy inside Fatah for his leadership,” said Ghassan Khatib, a former spokesman for the Palestinian Authority. “There are no challenges inside this new elected body. On the other hand, it will maintain the gap between the Fatah leadership and...

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