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Dahlan, Accused of Undermining ‘Abbas, Banned from Fatah Meetings

Once the darling of Western governments and frequently named as the most likely successor to Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud ‘Abbas, Mohammad Dahlan has now been banned from Fatah meetings by faction head ‘Abbas. Dahlan, who formerly headed the Palestinian security forces and was among the most powerful Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, shouldered much of the blame for Fatah’s loss of Gaza to Hamas in 2007. Dahlan is now being accused of financial improprieties and for disparaging ‘Abbas and undermining his authority.