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Succession Crisis in Fatah

[ANALYSIS] Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud ‘Abbas’ recent decision not to run for office when his current term ends in a year and a half has sparked a succession crisis within the ruling party. The decision has left Fatah with the dilemma of finding a suitable successor, who will not only be a moderate, but also reform the party ahead of the forthcoming elections. Among the names being mentioned are Marwan Barghouthi, currently serving five life terms in an Israeli prison for murder and terrorist activities; Maher Guhniam, also known as Abu Maher, the head of Fatah’s mobilization office; and Prime Minister Salam Faya’d. Read the full story… [1]