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Abbas quits PLO leadership ahead of internal election: official

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas chairs a meeting of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization in the West Bank city of Ramallah on August 22, 2015Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas resigned Saturday as head of the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s Executive Committee in a bid to force new elections for the top body, an official said. Wassel Abu Yussef said that more than half of the 18-member committee had also stepped down. “The resignation of the president of the executive committee Mahmud Abbas and more than half of its members has created a legal vacuum, and therefore the Palestine National Council has been asked to meet in one month to elect a new executive committee,” Yussef told AFP.

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