Palestinian factions attempt to organize meeting of PLO’s parliament

Discussion in 'Israel & Middle East News' started by Chris, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. Chris

    Chris Administrator Staff Member

    Palestinian factions attempt to organize meeting of PLO’s parliament
    By Adam Rasgon
    10 January 2017 22:00
    If the meeting in question will indeed take place, it shall be the first of its kind in seven years.
    PA President Mahmoud Abbas (C) at a meeting for the Central Council of the PLO, in Ramallah, March 4, 2015. (photo credit:REUTERS)

    Factions of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad met in Beirut on Tuesday to discuss the possibility of holding the first meeting of the Palestinian National Council (PNC) in seven years. The PNC, which is tantamount to the PLO’s parliament, is responsible for electing the PLO’s two most authoritative bodies, the Executive Committee and the Central Council, and setting a strategy for the PLO.

    Tuesday’s meeting, which took place at the Palestinian embassy in the Lebanese capital, was the first of multiple meetings which will take place over the next two days. Mustafa Barghouti, a PLO Executive Committee member, told the Palestinian website Watan News Network that the meeting “was positive and constructive,” and “discussions focused on one point, the ways to hold a meeting of the PNC that includes everyone.”

    The last meeting of the PNC, which took place in Ramallah in 2009 when a new Executive Committee was elected and PLO strategy was discussed, did not include Hamas and Islamic Jihad, who are not members of the PLO. Ezzat al-Rishq, a member of the Hamas Politburo who attended the meeting in Beirut, told reporters that he hopes the meetings in Beirut “will be fruitful in reforming the PNC to include all national factions and forces so that it will represent our people and its visions.”

  2. ShilohRose

    ShilohRose Well-Known Member

    "The meeting Tuesday comes days before another meeting of the Palestinian factions, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad, set to take place in Moscow.

    The Moscow meeting is expected to discuss efforts to reconcile Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, and Fatah, which dominates the West Bank."

    A PLO Parliament? :ahaha The location of the second meeting in Moscow is interesting. I don't know if they have met in Moscow before. Does anyone remember?

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.