Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (C) gestures during a meeting of the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank city of Ramallah July 18, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman/File Photo
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President Mahmoud Abbas was reelected head of the Palestine Liberation Organization Friday, as the veteran leader seeks to strengthen his control over politics in the occupied West Bank.A four-day meeting of the PLO's parliament, the Palestinian National Council, which was not attended by Abbas's rivals Hamas, backed Abbas and selected a new leadership of the PLO's executive committee.The PLO, an umbrella group which is dominated by Abbas's Fatah party and includes most Palestinian factions but not Hamas, represents the Palestinians internationally.The new executive committee, the most senior body of the PLO and effectively Abbas's cabinet, included nine new names out of 15 .
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