Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, center, waves to fellow Fatah members as he arrives for the opening session of the Fatah party conference, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
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President Mahmoud Abbas addresses his Fatah party's first congress since 2009 Wednesday as he contends with internal dissent and grim prospects for advancing his decades-long goal of achieving a Palestinian state.The 81-year-old leader was re-elected head of Fatah as the congress opened on Tuesday, but speculation has mounted over who will eventually succeed him as Palestinian president. The international community considers all Israeli settlements in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem and the West Bank to be illegal, whether they are authorized by the government or not.Fatah's five-day congress is expected to discuss whether to seek to introduce a UN Security Council resolution against Israeli settlements.Abbas and Meshaal recently met in Qatar for the first time in two years.
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