Abbas wins Fatah backing for presidential reelection

February 18, 2012 16:48

After securing himself a new job as prime minister of a Palestinian unity government, Mahmoud Abbas has also won the backing of Fatah for running in the next presidential election.

Following a three-day meeting in Ramallah, the Fatah revolutionary council, a key decision-making body, on Friday nominated Abbas as its candidate for the presidential election.

The council said the decision to nominate the 76-year-old Abbas was made unanimously.

Abbas has yet to respond the decision. Abbas has said he that he does not plan to seek re-election.

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