Under pressure, Abbas plans first Fatah congress since 2009

Advisers to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas say a Fatah party congress is planned because it is overdue, while some analysts see it as a chance to reshuffle key postsPalestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s Fatah party aims to hold its first congress since 2009 by the end of this year, an official said, in what some analysts have called a bid by the 81-year-old to stave off rivals. The plan to hold the congress of the mainstream party he heads comes as Arab states have reportedly been pressuring Abbas to bring longtime rival Mohammed Dahlan back from exile in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). While Abbas’s advisers insist the congress is being organised simply because it is overdue, some analysts see it as an opportunity for him to reshuffle key positions and sideline Dahlan allies.

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