Jailed Fatah official Marwan Barghouti.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti intends to run in the next Palestinian Authority presidential election when and if they take place, his wife, Fadwa Barghouti, announced on Wednesday.
Barghouti told a Hamas-affiliated online newspaper that it was her husband's "duty to contest the vote in order to correct the path of the Palestinian cause."
She said that her husband would also run in the election in order to "salvage and restore the national movement and achieve the right of return and independence."
The Fatah leader is serving a sentence of five life-terms for his role in terror attacks against Israelis during the Second Intifada.
Barghouti's wife said that the PA leadership should work toward securing the release of her husband from Israeli prison.
"The Palestinian people will appreciate any party that secures his release," she said. "Any ignoring of this issue is unjustified and unacceptable."