Abbas hangs on to leadership and braces for a Trump Presidency

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (C) attends the opening ceremony of the 7th Fatah congress, in Ramallah, the West Bank, 29 November 2016. The congress runs from 29 November to 03 December. The congress elected Abbas as head of the Fatah Party, and is expected to elect members of its Central Committee.

Abbas hangs on to leadership and braces for a Trump Presidency


The 7th Fatah congress in Ramallah re-elected the 81-years old Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday. There was no opponent and reporters were not allowed in the room in a process that was in effect a coronation.
Leading to the end? 
If Abbas serves his full five-year “mandate,” he will “retire” at the age of 86. Since Fatah congresses are not "regular," it could be even longer; the 6th Fatah congress took place in 2009.

There is speculation that Abbas insisted i...


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