Erekat says he supports Marwan Barghouti as next Palestinian president

By YASSER OKBI/ MAARIV HASHAVUA
February 20, 2016 16:55

 
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A top Palestinian official revealed on Saturday that he will support Marwan Barghouti in the next elections for president.

Saeb Erekat, the veteran peace negotiator who recently became secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization, told a German radio station on Saturday that he intends to back Barghouti, the longtime Fatah leader who is currently serving a life sentence in an Israeli prison for his role in the killing of civilians during the second intifada.

Erekat told German broadcaster Deutsche Welle that he has no plans to run for the Palestinian Authority presidency, which is currently held by Mahmoud Abbas.

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