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Will this Palestinian be the next Nobel Peace Prize laureate?

Palestinian institutions launched an international campaign in support of the nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize of Marwan Barghouti, sentenced to life imprisonment in Israel.
Palestinians walk past graffiti depicting jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti on a section of the controversial Israeli barrier near the Qalandiya checkpoint outside the West Bank city of Ramallah May 25, 2011. Palestinians and Israelis alike saw little prospect of a fresh start to Middle East peace talks on Wednesday after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's keynote speech to Congress. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (WEST BANK - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR2MVS6

On April 12, the Palestinian Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs, the Prisoners’ Club and the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) launched an international campaign to nominate Marwan Barghouti, who is a member of the Fatah Central Committee, for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. The campaign was launched in front of the council’s headquarters in Ramallah, on the 15th anniversary of Barghouti’s arrest on April 15, 2002. Barghouti, who had served as Fatah's secretary-general in the West Bank, was sentenced to five life terms and 40 additional years by Israel that accused him of being behind terrorist attacks by Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Fatah’s armed branch. This award would be the first prestigious accolade for Barghouti, should he win.

Barghouti had announced his candidacy for the presidency of the Palestinian Authortiy (PA) in the elections of 2005, only to withdraw on Nov. 27, 2004, following his meeting with Qaddoura Fares at Ohli Kedar Beersheba prison, who convinced him of the need to preserve the unity of the movement and to support Mahmoud Abbas instead. According to the law, Barghouti is entitled to run for the PA presidency despite being detained by Israel. According to Article 9 of Law No. 13 of 1995, in regard to the elections, the presidential candidate should be Palestinian, at least 35 years of age, registered in the voters’ list, have permanent residency in the region (by owning or leasing property) and fulfill the required conditions to exercise the right to vote. The candidate ought to also submit his candidacy application to the Central Elections Commission through a partisan body registered with the Elections Commission or any person whose name is on the voters’ list and fulfills these criteria.

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