Fatah disintegrating

Fatah, the leading party of the Palestinian government, appears to be disintegrating.

October 14, 2010 11:20
Mahmoud Abbas

Mahmoud Abbas 311. (photo credit: MUHAMMED MUHEISEN ( AP))


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AGAINST THE BACKDROP of the obstacles in the peace process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), pundits point to the enormous coalition and party problems facing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The difficulties that beset PA President Mahmoud Abbas are not as well-known. In addition to being head of the PA, Abbas is also chairman of the governing Fatah party, which controls the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) – the official representative to the negotiations is not a representative of the PA but rather of the PLO.


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