President Mahmoud Abbas

Rivals, Regional Powers Grow Uneasy with Palestinian Leader

By Ali Sawafta and Nidal al-Mughrabi RAMALLAH/GAZA, Oct 26 – Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other Arab states are piling pressure on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to resolve divisions in his Fatah party and with the rival Hamas movement, amid growing concerns about whether Palestinian democracy is under threat. Neighbouring states, diplomats and major funders fear

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Tells Ahmadinejad Not to Run Again For President

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin DUBAI, Sept 26  – Iran’s supreme leader has told former hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad not to stand again in next year’s elections, state media reported on Monday, effectively eliminating a major challenger to pragmatist incumbent Hassan Rouhani. Ahmadinejad had not announced any plans to run in the vote scheduled for May, but

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With New Decree, Palestinian Leader Tightens Grip

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Ali Sawafta GAZA/RAMALLAH, West Bank, April 11 – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has quietly established a constitutional court that analysts say concentrates more power in his hands and may allow him to sideline the Islamist group Hamas in the event of a succession struggle. The nine-member body, which will have supremacy

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