Abbas re-elected head of Palestine Liberation Organization, new leadership selected

Mahmoud Abbas re-elected to lead PLO executive

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The decision was taken during the Executive Committee of the organization following the meeting of the Palestinian national Council in Ramallah.

"President Abu Mazen (Abbas) was nominated and unanimously approved as the president of the State of Palestine", senior Palestinian official Nabil Shaath told AFP.

The PLO has confirmed 83-year-old Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as its unchallenged leader in a carefully staged four-day event.

This was the first PNC meeting in 22 years.

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The PLO parliament also backed Mr Abbas's positions in several resolutions early on Friday, including rejecting the idea of a Palestinian state within provisional borders.

Other changes include getting rid of two rivals, Yasser Abed Rabbo and Ahmed Qurei, from the 15-member PLO Executive Committee.

"Members of the PLO Executive Committee consulted among themselves and chose to elect brother Abu Mazen (Abbas) as the chairman of the Executive Committee", said Azzam Al-Ahmad, a staunch ally of Abbas who was among nine new people elected to the 15-member committee.

The Palestinian leadership has become increasingly frustrated with the American administration, particularly since President Donald Trump's controversial recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel, in a break with decades of worldwide consensus that the city's fate should be decided in peace talks.

Ismail Haniya, the Head of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, delivers a speech in Gaza City on April 30, 2018.

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