Abbas Accused of Using Court to Stop His Political Rivals

Mahmoud Abbas. (Photo: via MEMO)

Palestinian Members of Parliament, politicians and analysts accuse Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas of using the Constitutional Court to consolidate his authoritarianism and stop his political rivals, Quds Press reported yesterday.

On Sunday, the PA Constitutional Court issued a decision saying that the “PA president does not surpass his power when he decides to revoke immunity of any Palestinian MP when the parliament is unable to convene.”

The decision came as part of a series of moves by Abbas to seek support for his earlier decision to revoke the parliamentarian immunity of his Fatah rival, Mohamed Dahlan, whom he dismissed from Fatah and the Palestinian Legislative Council.

Secretary-General of the People Party Bassam Al-Salhi said: “This contradicts basic Palestinian law… The Constitutional Court was formed by a controversial legal and political situation.”

Speaking to Quds Press, he added: “This decision arouses worries amidst increasing legal and judicial violations in the Palestinian territories,” noting that appointing the judges caused controversy among Palestinians.


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