Abbas tells Obama he wants to quit

Published October 27th, 2009 - 12:01 GMT

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told U.S. President Barack Obama that he would resign from his post, Palestinian officials said Tuesday. According to the sources, Abbas told Obama last week that there were no prospects that his Fatah faction could reach a power-sharing agreement with Hamas.


Abbas also felt abandoned by the Obama administration that had capitulated to Israel on the issue of West Bank settlement construction and that there could be no peace prospects with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in power.


Several Palestinian Authority officials, however, have denied any reports of Abbas’ intended resignation. Yaser Abed-Rabbo, the Secretary General of the PLO’s executive committee told the Ma’an news agency that he “witnessed the phone call between President Abbas and President Obama and the talks did not have anything to do to with Abbas resigning. However Obama said that Hillary Clinton will visit the area soon to encourage the situations for the better.”

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