PLO Executive Committee Chairman Laid Off

RAMALLAH, July 1, 2015 (WAFA) – Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Yasser Abed Rabbo has been discharged from the post, Ahmad al-Majdalani, member of the PLO Executive Committee, said on Wednesday.

Majdalani told a local radio that during an Executive Committee meeting on Tuesday, senior PLO officials agreed to discharge Abed Rabbo and thus temporarily assigning his duties to President Mahmoud Abbas before another chairman is appointed.

Abed Rabbo began his political life in the mid 1960s, but only gained prominence after the signing of the Oslo Accords between the PLO and Israel in 1993. He was a cabinet member for FIDA party in several of the Palestinian National Authority governments, and served on several Palestinian diplomatic delegations during negotiations with Israel.

Meanwhile, Abbas told the PLO meeting he had asked Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah to consider a minor cabinet reshuffle on the current National Consensus government. The decision came after talks with Hamas on a unity government arrived at an impasse.