Mahmoud Abbas resigns as head of Palestinian Liberation Organization

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.


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