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Last March 10, the Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas, gave a speech, broadcast on state television, to the 120 members of Fatah's Revolutionary Council.Abbas accused Dahlan (who was expelled from Fatah in 2011 and no longer holds a position in the Palestinian Authority) of corruption, assassinations and treasonous collaboration with Israel.Dahlan said he (at 52 years of age) represented a new generation in Fatah.Dahlan's influence swiftly spread inside the ranks of Fatah in the West Bank and the Palestinian Authority institutions there, especially within the security services.Dahlan has also skillfully capitalized on internal conflicts within Fatah.In Palestinian local elections in the West Bank in October 2012, lists affiliated with Dahlan won most local council elections, while official Fatah lists suffered major defeats.The internal conflict within Fatah has had far-reaching consequences in Gaza, where Dahlan is very popular among Fatah members.Hamas granted permission in December to several charities run by Dahlan's wife to resume operation in Gaza, and agreed in January to the return to Gaza of three Fatah members with close ties to Dahlan – Majed Abu Shamala, Sufian Abu Zaida and Alaa Yaghi.
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