Baku, August 23, AZERTAC
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has stepped down from his position as the head of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), local media reported Saturday. Several other top-level officials of the PLO also reportedly resigned.
Abbas, 80, remains Palestinian president, a position he has held since 2005. The Palestinian National Council has called for a new election within 30 days to determine who will take over on the PLO’s executive committee, according to Al Arabiya News.
The PLO’s executive committee is the body’s top decision-making authority and acts as the Palestinian representative in international matters, including peace negotiations with Israel.