Mohammed Dahlan. Did he or didn't he?
Photo: Shaul Golan
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
Did senior Fatah member Mohammed Dahlan plan a coup against Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas? This was indeed the case, according to reports in Palestinian media outlets affiliated with Hamas on Monday, based on interviews with former Fatah officials who wished to remain anonymous.
The Fatah leadership crisis surrounding Dahlan has been going on for a while. Just this week Fatah's central committee decided to suspend Dahlan's membership over suspicions of corruption and conspiring against the Palestinian president.
The committee issued a statement saying Dahlan's suspension will last "until the inquiry committee has finished its job."
Abu Mahar Ranaim was appointed head of the inquiry committee, but he asked to resign after a short while and Abbas approved his request. Three other officials were left to serve as part of the committee.
British network BBC reported that Dahlan arrived in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Sunday to appear before the committee, though Israeli Channel 10 reported he was currently staying in Jordan, rather than in Ramallah.
In an interview with news channel al-Arabiya last week, the senior Fatah member denied all accusations he had planned a coup against Abbas or those close to him. He also denied reports that his membership in Fatah had been suspended.
"These reports are humiliating to the Fatah movement. Accusing me of conspiring against Abbas is unacceptable. These words aren't part of the Fatah lexicon. They're only helping Hamas and Israel and making it hard on the movement," Dahlan said. He added that the officials behind the reports are only trying to "pour oil into the fire and create a rift within Fatah."
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