Fatah party announces Abbas its only candidate in presidential elections

Publication date: 
Nov 10 2019


RAMALLAH -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is Fatah's "sole candidate" in the coming presidential elections, Fatah party announced in an official statement on Saturday

Abbas is also the chairman of Fatah's Central Committee and the chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee.

Fatah's announcement was made earlier on Saturday in a meeting held in Ramallah chaired by Abbas' deputy Mahmoud al-Aloul, which discussed holding the general elections in the Palestinian territories.

According to the official news agency WAFA, the meeting called on Abbas not to wait and rush for issuing a presidential decree that would set up a date for holding the elections in the Palestinian territories.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Central Elections Commission (CEC) Hanna Nasser carries and a CEC delegation are scheduled to visit again in the Gaza Strip to resume the dialogue with Hamas and other factions on holding the elections.

However, no date was set for the elections yet.

The last legislative elections were held in the Palestinian territories in January 2006, when the Hamas movement won an overwhelming majority.

Abbas was elected as the chief of the Palestinian Authority in the presidential elections held in the Palestinian territories in January 2005.

Editor: Yan

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