Sunday, July 05
Latest News
  1. Clinton: China 'trying to hack into everything'
  2. Airstrikes hit multiple IS targets in Syria stronghold
  3. Tunisia declares state of emergency after beach attack
  4. Ministers back to Vienna for final Iran nuclear deal push
  5. Lawyer: 2 London teens have married IS group fighters
  6. Saudi-led air strike on Yemen rebel bastion 'kills 23'
  7. IAEA: Iran atomic bomb probe may be completed in 2015
  8. FM: Iran will help meet 'common challenges' like extremism
  9. Greece PM urges 'No' vote to 'live with dignity in Europe'
  10. Ministry: Saudi policeman killed in raid, IS flags found
  11. UNESCO condemns IS destruction of Syria's Palmyra antiquities
  12. Tunisian Abu Iyadh, reported dead in Libya, is Qaeda veteran
  13. Nigerian troops battling Boko Haram gunmen outside Maiduguri
  14. Kuwait tightens security as emir attends joint prayers
  15. Mourners hold minute's silence at Tunisia beach attack resort
  16. Nigerian leader condemns 'inhuman, barbaric' Boko Haram attacks
  17. Greek banks say have sufficient liquidity until Tuesday
  18. UN watchdog chief says 'more work needed' with Iran after visit
  19. Yemen clashes, strikes kill 21 in Aden
  20. Tunisia arrests 8 with 'direct links' to beach massacre

Marwan Barghouthi to be nominated for Fatah leadership

July 25, 2009 12:19 P.M. (Updated: July 26, 2009 4:34 P.M.)
Bethlehem – Ma’an – Jailed Fatah strongman Marwan Barghouthi will nominate himself for a seat on the Fatah Central Committee during the movement’s sixth congress next month, Palestinian Minister of Prisoners Affairs Issa Qaraqe revealed Saturday.

“Out of respect to our leaders in Israeli custody as well as their supporters, Fatah will support Marwan Barghouthi’s nomination for the central committee,” Qaraqe said in a statement. Barghouthi will be officially nominated during the conference meetings in Bethlehem that begin on 4 August.

In his statement, Qaraqe said he expects Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails will be given priority during Fatah sixth conference, both in terms of their case as an urgent issue to be resolved, and their position as prominent politicians. He pointed out that Marwan Barghouthi and other Fatah-affiliated prisoners have pinned their hopes on the sixth conference as a forum to discuss party plans and policy for the coming years.

Israel jailed Barghouthi in 2002 for alleged ties to Fatah’s armed wing, the Al-Aqsa Brigades. A popular figure identified with the movement’s grassroots, Barghouthi is often mentioned as a possible candidate for the Palestinian presidency.

Saturday’s announcement comes at a sensitive time for Fatah. As the movement prepares for its first general conference in over a decade, Fatah is also struggling to recover from a controversy that began two weeks ago when a dissident leader accused Mahmoud Abbas of plotting to assassinate his predecessor, Yasser Arafat.

Powered By: HTD Technologies
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2015