Abbas Dismisses Members from Fatah Party

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, issued orders on Thursday dismissing members from Fatah, the ruling party of the Palestinian Authority (PA).

Head of the media committee of Fatah, Munir al-Jaghoub, identified the dismissed party members as former Minister of Local Governance, Khaled Fahd al-Qawasmeh, and Deputy Head of the Hebron Municipality, Jawdi Abu Sneineh.

Al-Jaghoub told Ma’an that the decision to dismiss them came after al-Qawasmeh and Abu Sneineh ran for elections on lists other than Fatah’s in Hebron’s municipal elections, adding that additional members of the party would also be dismissed at a later date.

The Fatah Central Committee demanded that members commit to Fatah’s party list during the elections, saying that any member that ran on a different list and did not withdraw by Sep. 5 would be dismissed.

However, al-Qawasmeh said he had not received any official dismissal orders from Fatah.

The decision to dismiss al-Qawasmeh and Sneineh came just a day after the Palestinian Supreme Court in Ramallah cancelled municipal elections following several appeals challenged the legitimacy of the elections.


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