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Abbas pushes forward with plans for PNC by year-end

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ insistence on convening the Palestinian National Council in Ramallah has continued despite objections from Hamas and other Palestinian factions.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, not shown, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, July 18, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Schiefelbein/Pool - RC19052A6D80
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RAMALLAH, West Bank — Fatah movement member Azzam al-Ahmad said on Palestine TV on Sept. 10, “The decision to convene the Palestinian National Council [PNC] is final. Contacts are still ongoing with the different Palestinian factions to agree on the details of the meeting.”

Ahmad added that President Mahmoud Abbas had previously requested to speed up the discussions with the factions so as to reach an agreement upon his return from the UN General Assembly meeting in New York. Meetings will be held throughout the month of September with the PLO factions in Ramallah.

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