Palestinian president unanimously gains Fatah's confidence as PLO chairman

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RAMALLAH, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday was unanimously supported by the Fatah party's central committee to continue as chairman of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Fatah Movement, the Palestinian official news agency WAFA reported.

During a meeting held in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Abbas gained the full confidence of the Fatah central committee to take the helm of the state of Palestine, WAFA said.

Abbas, 86, is the chairman of the PLO executive committee, chairman of the Fatah central committee, and the president of the state of Palestine. He was elected in January 2005 as the chairman of the Palestinian Authority.

The decision will be presented for voting before the PLO Central Council, which is scheduled to be held in Ramallah during the first week of February.

Meanwhile, an official statement said that the Fatah central committee nominated Rawhi Fattouh, a member of the committee, to be the speaker of the Palestinian National Council, the legislative body of the PLO.

Fattouh will succeed Salim Za'noon, 88, the current speaker. Enditem

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