Palestinians set dates for first congress in nearly two decades
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.