Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FASHION

Paris, Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015.

Read more

REPORTERS

Exclusive: an unlikely victim of the 'War on Terror'

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

2014-07-11 21:47 AFRICA NEWS

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Finally, a good use for new app "Yo"

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 11 July 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 11 July 2014

Read more

#THE 51%

Sweden: A Feminist's Paradise?

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Politics: parties under pressure

Read more

FOCUS

In Burma, the rise of radical Buddhism

Read more

  • Germany vs Argentina - history and genius clash in World Cup final

    Read more

  • French military to extend Mali 'counterterrorism' operations into Sahel

    Read more

  • Boko Haram claims Nigeria attacks and supports Iraqi militants

    Read more

  • Paris’s Bastille Day fireworks ‘an homage to victims’ of WWI

    Read more

  • Israeli navy attacks Hamas base as tanks line up along Gaza border

    Read more

  • French court lifts mayor’s ban on Muslim hijab at beach

    Read more

  • Shells land in Russia as eastern Ukrainians flee fighting

    Read more

  • Rival Libyan militias exchange heavy fire at Tripoli airport

    Read more

  • Holland beat hosts Brazil 3-0 to finish third in World Cup

    Read more

  • Iraqi parliament fails to agree on new leadership

    Read more

  • Afghan presidential candidates agree to full vote audit, Kerry says

    Read more

  • France’s Kadri wins eighth stage at Tour de France

    Read more

  • Last of the Ramones, Tommy Ramone, dies aged 62

    Read more

  • Video: Outrage in wake of deadly Casablanca buildings collapse

    Read more

  • Putin revives old Cuban flame and eyes Latin American minerals

    Read more

Middle east

Fatah to renew leadership at stormy congress

©

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-08-08

While the head of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, is running unopposed for Fatah's presidency at the party's first congress in 20 years, a number of party veterans are expected to make way for a younger generation of leaders.

AFP - The Fatah party founded by iconic Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was to start renewing its governing bodies for the first time in 20 years with candidates due to register on Thursday night.
  
"The candidacies for the Central Committee and the Revolutionary Council will be registered tonight," spokesman Nabil Amr told journalist at the Fatah congress in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.
  
Voting should start on Friday afternoon, he added.
  
While Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, who took over the party's leadership after Arafat's 2004 death is unopposed, a number of party dinosaurs are expected to make way for the younger generation.
  
Among those seen as leading candidates are Marwan Barghuthi, the party's West Bank secretary general who is held in an Israeli prison, former preventive security chief Jibril Rajub and Mohammed Dahlan, once Fatah's strongman in the Gaza Strip.
  
Longstanding Hamas-Fatah tensions boiled over in June 2007 when the Islamists seized control of Gaza after a week of deadly street clashes, confining Abbas's power base to the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
  
Infighting and corruption allegations have contributed to weakening the dominant position in Palestinian political life that Fatah enjoyed before Arafat's death.
  
Opening the congress, the first in 20 years, Abbas on Tuesday admitted a litany of past errors by the party, and called for "a new start."
  
But the next day was marked by acrimonious rows as delegates demanded accountability from the party leadership.
  
Hundreds of delegates protested the lack of administrative and financial accounting since the last congress in 1989 and rejected explanations that this was contained in Abbas's opening speech.

Date created : 2009-08-06

Comments

COMMENT(S)