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Abbas rival Dahlan seeks role in Palestinian elections

The Democratic Reformist Current (DRC), headed by dismissed Fatah leader Mohammed Dahlan, seems keen to take part in the Palestinian general elections, preferably on a unified Fatah list.
Mohammed Dahlan, a former Fatah security chief, gestures in his office in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates October 18, 2016. Picture taken October 18, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer  - S1AEUJEJBIAA
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Three weeks after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced he intends to hold general elections in the Palestinian territories, Fatah’s Democratic Reformist Current (DRC) finally broke its silence. The current, led by dismissed Fatah leader Mohammed Dahlan, affirmed Oct. 16 that it wants to take part in any electoral race.

Obviously, Dahlan, who has been residing in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since 2011 and enjoys its financial support, has been trying over the past years to gain a foothold in the Palestinian political arena. He has increased support for humanitarian and relief projects in the Gaza Strip through the National Islamic Commission for Development and Social Solidarity (Takaful), and he signed understandings with Hamas in 2017. 

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