Ousted Fatah official Muhammad Dahlan has indicated his intention to run in the
next Palestinian Authority presidential election.
Dahlan, a former PA
security commander in the Gaza Strip, told members of the European Parliament in
Brussels last month of his intention to seek the office.
He stressed the
importance of holding elections in the Palestinian territories, the London-
based Al-Quds al-Arabi daily reported on Tuesday.
He affirmed PA
President Mahmoud Abbas’s commitment to peace. He also defended Yasser Arafat,
saying he, too, was committed to the peace process with Israel.
according to the paper, denied charges of corruption against Arafat. Arafat
never had his own bank account anywhere, he claimed.
Dahlan, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, three years ago after
he fell out with Abbas.
PA officials have since accused him of plotting
to overthrow Abbas. PA security forces have in recent years arrested some of
Dahlan’s supporters in the West Bank on charges of being part of the alleged