Report: Fatah Official to Meet Marwan Barghouti, Urge Him Not to Run for President

Imprisoned Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti. (Photo: Tamar Fleishman, The Palestine Chronicle)

Member of Palestinian Fatah Central Committee Hussein Al-Sheikh is due to meet Marwan Barghouti, who is serving a life-term in Israeli jails, to urge him not to run in the upcoming presidential elections slated for July, Israeli media outlets reported.

Israel’s Kan radio said the Israeli authorities have approved Al-Sheikh’s request to visit Barghouti, noting that the visit is scheduled to take place on Thursday unless a last-minute change took place.

According to the radio station, Al-Sheikh “will try to persuade Barghouti not to run in the Palestinian presidential elections, scheduled for next July, in order not to break the unity of Fatah’s ranks.”

Leaders of the Fatah movement announced that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas would be the movement’s candidate in the presidential elections.

In 2005, Barghouti ran for office but withdrew from the election race, after similar visits by senior officials in the Palestinian Authority.

He was later chosen to lead the movement’s list in the 2006 parliamentary elections.

The Fatah Central Committee is scheduled to meet on Saturday to discuss the outcome of the Palestinian national dialogue, which took place in Cairo two days ago.

Opinion polls have recently shown that Barghouti would win the Palestinian presidential elections against Abbas.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

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  1. Abbas and his cronies are traitors of the Palestinian people. They are the Vichy government which collaborated with Hitler against the French people.
    The PA government is there to protect apartheid Israel and the illegal settlers. They are corrupt and true traitors. The Palestinians must vote them out.

  2. “Opinion polls have recently shown that Barghouti would win the Palestinian presidential elections against Abbas.” So what’s their problem? Why does the Central Committee prefer to have a Quisling who won’t lift a finger to help his people?

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