Monday, January 22, 2007
A simple fast sketch of Mahmoud Abbas - born March 26, 1935, commonly known by the kunya or nom de guerre Abu Mazen, was elected President of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) on January 9, 2005, and took office on January 15, 2005.
Abbas is a leading politician in Fatah. He served as the first Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority from March to October 2003 when he resigned citing lack of support from Israel and the United States as well as "internal incitement" against his government.  Before being named Prime Minister, Abbas led the PLO's Negotiations Affairs Department. He has served as Chairman of the PLO Executive Committee since November 11, 2004, after Yasser Arafat's death. With Hamas now in control of the Palestinian Authority, Abbas is frequently portrayed as the face of Palestinian moderation. -wikipedia
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