Mahmoud Abbas's Control Bolstered by Fatah Election Results

Mahmoud Abbas's Control Bolstered by Fatah Election Results

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas kept a strong grip on his Fatah movement in an election in which his loyalists remained dominant in its top decision-making body, final results showed on Sunday. The outcome of the voting, held on Saturday during the first congress of Abbas's Fatah party for seven years, signaled no change in a policy of pursuing a two-state solution with Israel, Palestinian political analysts said. The meeting came at a challenging time for the 81-year-old leader, following Donald Trump's election in the United States, an event many Israelis see favorable for settlement-building on occupied land Palestinians seek for their own state.