Palestinians take part in a rally in support of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah October 4, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman
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Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other Arab states are piling pressure on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to resolve divisions in his Fatah Party and with the rival Hamas Movement, amid growing concerns about whether Palestinian democracy is under threat.Asked about the pressure from Arab states, Abbas' spokesman Nabil Abu Rudaineh declined to comment directly but said the focus of Fatah and the Palestine Liberation Organization, which Abbas also chairs, has always been on Palestinian unity.Abbas himself has said nothing in public about the political process in months.Abbas faces several challenges.Mohammad Dahlan, a former Fatah security chief who fell out with Abbas and now lives in self-imposed exile in the United Arab Emirates, is a staunch Abbas critic who retains influence within Fatah's revolutionary council and central committee.Some senior Fatah figures want Abbas to reconcile with Dahlan, but the president shows no such inclination. Dahlan, 55, said that if Abbas did try to push such changes through, it would be "illegitimate".
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