Egypt: Abbas resignation threats are not a just maneuver

November 3, 2011 10:50


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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's threats to resign and dismantle the PA are not a maneuver but the product of frustration over lack of any movement in the peace process, an Egyptian official told the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper on Thursday.

Abbas is unlikely to surprise Arab states with his resignation, the Egyptian official said, but conceded that the decision to resign is the PA president's alone.

Regarding the option of dissolving the Palestinian Authority, a move which has been floated in recent months, the Egyptian official said that doing so would be complex, not easy and would have consequences. He further criticized "attempts to delegitimize [Abbas] and to weaken him."

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