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Dahlan Case Shows Split In Palestinian Fatah Movement

The dispute over the immunity of Fatah-affiliated MP Mohamed Dahlan has revealed rifts between members of the Fatah Movement, writes Naela Khalil.
(L-R) Fatah leadership member Mohammed Dahlan, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal pray at the Grand Mosque in Mecca early February 9, 2007, in this handout photo by the Palestinian Authority Press Office.   REUTERS/Omar Rashidi/Handout   (SAUDI ARABIA) - RTR1M6EV
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The issue of Fatah-affiliated MP Mohammed Dahlan has once again topped Palestinian news, as proceedings at the Constitutional Court are to be held on March 28, to consider the appeal presented by Dahlan against President Mahmoud Abbas’s decision to strip him of immunity.

The different views on “Dahlan’s immunity” reflect the deep conflict within Fatah between those who support Dahlan and those who oppose him. Meanwhile, some figures in Fatah say that efforts are being made to persuade Abbas to withdraw the presidential decree to lift immunity before the court’s session.

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