Report: Abbas won't run for another term - Israel News, Ynetnews
 
ynetnews
web


   Israel News

Israel News
World News
Israel Opinion
Jewish
Israel Business
Israel Culture
Israel Travel
New Head?

Abbas angry at Hamas Photo: AP
Abbas angry at Hamas Photo: AP
 
 

Report: Abbas won't run for another term

Al-Hayat newspaper quotes Palestinian sources as saying PA president will declare presidential, Legislative Council elections to be held in April

Roee Nahmias
Published: 12.16.08, 09:56 / Israel News

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas plans to hold the elections for the president's office and the Palestinian Legislative Council in April 2009, the London-based Arabic-language al-Hayat newspaper reported Tuesday.

 

According to the report, Abbas will soon issue a presidential decree on the issue. Similar remarks were made Monday by the Palestinian leader's spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudeina.

 

Palestinian Politics
Poll: Most Palestinians believe Abbas' time is up / Associated Press
Majority of Palestinians think moderate president's term should end now; 74% support continuing ceasefire with Israel
Full story
Palestinian sources told the paper that Abbas had discussed the issue recently with a number of Arab leaders, including Syrian President Bashar Assad. They said he had decided not to run for another terms at the end of his tenure on January 9 and has decide to hand over the position to the next elected president.

 

According to the report, Abbas is infuriated by Hamas' accusations against him throughout his tenure and the claims against his advanced age. Several Arab states, including Syria, advised the Palestinian leader to hold the elections in August and September.

 

It is still unclear what will happen in the Palestinian Authority on January 9, as Abbas' term comes to an end. Hamas and other Palestinian organizations have made it clear in the past that Abbas is an illegitimate person who does not represent them.

 

One of the Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip, Dr. Mahmoud al-Zahar, slammed the PLO Central Council's election of Abbas as president of the state of Palestine, a move which PA sources estimated was initiated in order to allow Abbas to hold on to the title of president.

 

commentcomment   PrintPrint  Send to friendSend to friend   
Tag with Del.icio.us Bookmark to del.icio.us



 
6 Talkbacks for this article    See all talkbacks
Please wait for the talkbacks to load

 

RSS RSS | About | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Terms of use | Advertise with us | Site Map

Site developed by  YIT Advanced Technology Solutions

 
פיקוד העורף התרעה במרחב: