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Mahmud Abbas was nominated by the Fatah movement to run as its candidate in the Palestinian presidential elections
Mahmud Abbas, the leader of Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), known as Abu Mazen was nominated by the Fatah movement to run as its candidate in the Palestinian presidential elections to replace Yasser Arafat, a senior official said on Sunday. "The Fatah central committee has chosen Abu Mazen (Abbas) as its candidate for the presidential elections on January 9," the official, who is a member of the faction's decision-making body, told AFP on condition of anonymity, reports News24. According to the Channel News Asia, members of Fatah's central committee voted unanimously for Abbas to contest the polls which will be only the second time that the Palestinian people have had the opportunity to elect their leader. The decision effectively scuppers suggestions that the jailed West Bank Fatah leader Marwan Barghuti, whom polls show is the most popular politician, runs for the post from within the walls of his Israeli prison cell. Barghouti-s wife told reporters that her husband is the most prominent candidate for presidency. However, Fadwa Barghouti added that "he can't make the decision to run for elections alone because he is a member of the Fatah movement."She said her husband has a clear political plan on the continuation of the Palestinian Intifada (uprising), which eruptedin the Palestinian territories in September 2000.She said her husband is making contacts with all Palestinian factions through his lawyers. Within the coming two weeks, the final decision on whether to run for the elections would be made, she added, informs Xinhua News
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