Barghouti to quit Fatah if Qurei heads the list

Marwan Barghouti and his associates threatened on Monday to resign their candidacy from the Fatah list and to run indepently for the Palestinian Authority parliamentary elections if the Fatah central committee decided to place PA Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei at the top of the party's list. Barghouti, a popular Fatah figure who won a landslide victory in the recent primaries, was charged by Israel for involvement in terrorism, and has been sentenced to five life sentences. According to Israel Radio, Qurei said that the decision whether to place Barghouti at the top of the Fatah list had not yet been reached. Meanwhile, dozens Fatah institutions in Jerusalem called upon the PA prime minister to run in the elections as a prominent representative of the city, but not necessarily at the top of the national list.