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Abbas to convene PLO council

2009-08-16 22:00

Ramallah - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will convene the Palestinian National Council for the first time in more than a decade later this month, the head of the body said on Sunday.

Salim al-Zaanoun said: "We will invite members of the Palestinian National Council to an extraordinary meeting on the 26th and 27th at the presidential residence in Ramallah."

The legislative body of the Palestine Liberation Organisation includes hundreds of representatives from the Israeli-occupied West Bank, the Gaza Strip and the diaspora, and has not convened since 1998.

The body will meet to elect six new members to its executive committee following the deaths over the past several years of the incumbents, including Samir Ghosheh, who died at the age of 70 earlier this month.

The meeting of the council follows a congress of Abbas's secular Fatah party, which has dominated the PLO since its founding in 1964 and elected a raft of new leaders earlier this month.