Abbas Aides: Palestinian Leader Will Not Seek Re-Election
05 November 2009
Palestinian officials say President Mahmoud Abbas does not plan to run for re-election in January.
|Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (File)|
announced his decision at a meeting of the executive committee of the
Palestine Liberation Organization, and is expected to give a speech on
the issue later Thursday.
Palestinian officials say the executive committee is trying to persuade Mr. Abbas to reverse his decision.
Abbas has led the Palestinian peace effort with Israel since becoming
president of the Palestinian Authority in January 2005.
efforts have made little headway, despite renewed pressure from the
United States for a resumption of unconditional talks.
Palestinians are insisting no progress will be made until Israel
freezes all construction of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and
east Jerusalem. The Palestinians want the land for a future state.
Mr. Abbas in the past has suggested he would have no reason to continue in his post if his demands for peace are not met.
Obama administration had supported the Palestinians' conditions for
peace talks earlier this year, but U.S. Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton backtracked last week. She drew Palestinian criticism by
praising Israel for offering to pull back, but not freeze, some Jewish
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.