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PLO factions boycott Central Committee meeting

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (R) receives Hamas delegations at his office in Ramallah, West Bank on August 1, 2017. ( Palestinian Presidency - Handout - Anadolu Agency )

Palestinian Liberation Organisation members the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) are boycotting the body's Central Committee meeting which is to be held today.

In addition to the two main PLO factions, Hamas, the Palestinian movement that received more than 70 per cent of votes in the last general elections in 2006, Islamic Jihad and the Palestinian Initiative area also due to boycott the meeting.

The DFLP said that it will not attend the meeting because of the "fast deterioration of the Palestinian political regime [led by Mahmoud Abbas]."

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"The Palestinian Authority (PA) has changed to a mix of presidential and parliamentarian regime which is run through decrees that serve the interests of the Israeli occupation."

Moreover, the statement said: "The political kitchen in Ramallah worked to morph the PLO into the PA and has been working to get rid of all the PLO factions."

The PA leadership in Ramallah has been unwilling to implement the resolutions taken during the meetings of the Central Committee held in 2015 and 2018.

The DFLP called for cancelling the Oslo agreementand adopting the resistance strategy, as well as an Intifada on the ground and through the international organisations in order to isolate Israel and undermine the "deal of the century".

For its part, the Palestinian Initiative said that it would not attend the meeting because the PA leadership monopolises its decisions and has not implemented the resolutions of the last two meetings.

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