Pales­tini­ans set dates for first congress in nearly two decades

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Pales­tinian lead­ers have set Sept. 15-16 as the dates for their first congress in nearly 20 years af­ter pres­i­dent Mah­mud Ab­bas an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion as head of a top ex­ec­u­tive body.

The meet­ing of the Palestine Na­tional Coun­cil (PNC), a congress rep­re­sent­ing those in the Pales­tinian ter­ri­to­ries and the di­as­pora, is to be held in Ra­mal­lah in the Is­raeli-oc­cu­pied West Bank.

“It has been de­cided to ask the Palestine Na­tional Coun­cil to con­vene for a ses­sion on the up­com­ing 15th and 16th Septem­ber in Ra­mal­lah,” se­nior Pales­tinian of­fi­cial Az­zam al-Ah­mad told AFP.

“The coun­cil’s agenda in­cludes elect­ing a new ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee for the (Palestine Lib­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion).”

Ah­mad said the congress would also dis­cuss the stale­mate in peace talks with Is­rael, among other is­sues.

Ab­bas’s al­lies say his re­cent moves are part of ef­forts to in­ject new blood in the Pales­tinian lead­er­ship.

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