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Palestinians: Abbas says won't seek top PLO, Fatah posts

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has told political confidants he won't seek re-election to the top posts in the Palestine Liberation Organization or his Fatah movement in upcoming elections, two participants in the meeting said Tuesday. In such a scenario, Abbas would still retain his most important post, as president of the Palestinian self-rule government. Rumors have been swirling that the 80-year-old plans to step down as president, after a decade on the job, because all roads to Palestinian statehood appear blocked. Critics have cast Abbas' latest moves, including arranging for internal PLO elections, as an attempt to consolidate control and sideline opponents. ...