Newspaper: Abbas may Split Party before Elections

Muhammed Dahlan. (Photo: File)

The Fatah party may split before elections if President Mahmoud Abbas excludes supporters of exiled former party leader, Mohamed Dahlan, Al-Resalah newspaper reported.

“We are more popular than Abbas,” member of the party’s reformist group and Dahlan supporter, Taha Al-Hajj, said.  He added, “We hope that the best person wins the elections, be it Abbas or anyone else, but Abbas is the loser if he insists on excluding us.”

He continued, “Abbas is a traitor and we have thousands of proofs, while he does not have any proof against us.”

Al-Hajj said Dahlan has extended his hand to Hamas and plans to start afresh in his dealing with the movement, stating: “Mutual meetings have not stopped and there is a lot of cooperation between us. ”He added, “We played a big role in resolving the differences between Hamas and Egypt.”

He warned that Abbas may ignore the election results if Hamas won, however if he won he would tighten his hold on the Gaza Strip.

Al-Hajj said, “Time taught us not to trust this person [Abbas] who will never help rebuild the Palestinian national agenda.”


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