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Abbas will be Fatah’s candidate in Palestinian presidential elections — PA premier

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh says in a statement to Qatar-backed Al-Araby TV that current PA President Mahmoud Abbas will be the ruling Fatah party’s presidential nominee in the scheduled Palestinian elections.

The Palestinians — split between Fatah, which rules in the West Bank, and Hamas, which controls Gaza — have not had national elections for nearly 14 years. Abbas issued a decree last Friday ordering new elections, although analysts are skeptical that they will take place.

Abbas has indicated a number of times over the years that he did not wish to seek another term.

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