Rare session of key Palestinian body could provide Abbas succession clues

By Means Of Ali Sawafta and Nidal al-Mughrabi

RAMALLAH, West Bank/GAZA – A key Palestinian resolution-making frame convenes on Sunday for the first time in just about four years in a session that could be a stepping stone for two possible successors to 86-year-antique President Mahmoud Abbas.

The Palestine Liberation Group’s (PLO) Valuable Council remaining met in 2018, hampered through inside divisions amongst Palestinians. Hamas and Islamist Jihad actions grew to become down an invitation to attend Sunday’s assembly, pronouncing Abbas needed to institute power-sharing reforms first.

Abbas heads the PLO and the Palestinian Authority (PA), which exercises limited self-rule within the Israeli-occupied West Financial Institution. His main rival, Hamas, runs the Gaza Strip, additionally an Islamic Jihad stronghold.

The aged chief, who has a history of heart problems, has not proposed a successor. Each Islamic groups have accused Abbas, who hasn’t held a presidential election considering that 2005, of not doing enough to heal Palestinian divides which can be holding up a poll. Abbas blames Hamas for the current split.

The 141-member Imperative Council, meeting on Sunday and Monday, was once widely expected to nominate two of Abbas’s confidants, Hussein Al-Sheikh and Rawhi Fattouh, to senior posts, effectively putting them on a short listing to replace him, Palestinian analysts mentioned.

Abbas, scheduled to talk at the commencing session, desires 61-yr-old Sheikh, now a key Palestinian liaison with Israel and the United States, to fill the put up of secretary-basic of the PLO‘s Government Committee, replacing the late Saeb Erekat, the analysts mentioned.

Fattouh, SEVENTY THREE, another Abbas aide, is his option to head the PLO‘s best possible determination-making frame, the National Council.

Each males are close to Abbas and don’t seem to be anticipated to shift insurance policies over the coping with of the struggle with Israel.

But even supposing the appointments are ratified by means of the Critical Council, the trail to succeeding Abbas, elected in 2005 to interchange the overdue Yasser Arafat as PA president, could turn out complicated.

“there’s a protracted list of successors to (Abbas) and there may be a clear inside conflict,” said West Bank-based political analyst George Giacman. “If one thing took place to (him) there’ll be disputes.”

Members Of The Family with Israel have been also because of be discussed on the council session. Israeli-Palestinian peace talks collapsed in 2014.

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