Palestinians stand atop the rubble of a house which was destroyed by Israeli troops during an Israeli raid in the West Bank city of Jenin September 1, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has told political confidants he won't seek re-election to the top posts in the Palestine Liberation Organization or his Fatah Movement in upcoming elections, two participants in the meeting said Tuesday.In such a scenario, Abbas would still retain his most important post, as president of the Palestinian self-rule government.Critics have cast Abbas' latest moves, including arranging for internal PLO elections, as an attempt to consolidate control and sideline opponents.Currently, Abbas holds the three top positions in Palestinian politics – as president, head of the PLO and Fatah chief.If Abbas doesn't run for the committee, he would ostensibly not be eligible for the PLO's top job.The two officials said Abbas laid out his decision to sit out internal elections when he addressed the PLO Executive Committee in Ramallah Monday evening.
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