The wife of jailed uprising leader Marwan Barghouti entered election headquarters in Ramallah late Wednesday to present a list of candidates for January parliamentary elections, signaling that Barghouti has left Fatah and split the ruling party.
Fadwa Barghouti carried the list into the building 90 minutes before a midnight deadline for registering parties. The move came after Fatah old-timers, headed by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, failed to satisfy young activists like Barghouti, who wanted control of the Fatah faction after winning primaries.
The split would be a bitter blow for Abbas and a boost for the Islamic Hamas, contesting a parliamentary election for the first time.
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