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PA bans Palestinian lawmaker from leaving West Bank

February 23, 2017 at 10:15 am

Image of Najat Abu Bakr, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC)

A member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) was denied entry into Jordan from the occupied West Bank via the Allenby Bridge by a Palestinian Authority (PA) checkpoint today.

Najat Abu Bakr said that the PA crossings authority in Jericho had informed her that she was banned from leaving the West Bank. She was on her way to Lebanon to attend a ceremony in which she was expected to be honoured as the most respected lawmaker in the Arab world.

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Abu Bakr was among four Fatah-affiliated Palestinian lawmakers that had their parliamentary immunity revoked by PA President Mahmoud Abbas last year.

Following the decision, Fatah parliamentary members held a meeting with the Hamas-dominated PLC in the besieged Gaza Strip for the first time since 2007 and declared the decision illegal and unconstitutional.

The move was quickly condemned as a political manoeuvre to maintain the leader’s control over the PA government and squelch his political rivals amid mounting unpopularity.