Mar. 5, 2018
This story from Israel Hayom bring up an interesting point:
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will be replaced by his deputy, Mahmoud al-Aloul, if he becomes unable to fulfill his duties, Fatah’s Central Committee decided in Ramallah on Saturday.
According to Palestinian media outlets, Fatah’s Central Committee decided that should Abbas, 82, were unable to continue in his role, al-Aloul will be appointed “acting president of Palestine for a period of three months until elections can be held.”
Al-Aloul was elected Abbas’ deputy several months ago.
According to senior Fatah officials, the committee, also amended Palestinian law to facilitate the transfer of Abbas’ presidential powers to his deputy if it becomes imperative, for the aforementioned three-month interim period.
“The amendment to Palestinian law on the matter of transferring Abbas’ presidential authorities to his deputy Mahmoud al-Aloul, was made in light of rumors regarding Abbas’ failing health,” one council official said.
I think that the story got one detail wrong – it was a Fatah Revolutionary Partymeeting, not a Fatah Central Committee meeting.
But why is Fatah, ostensibly a political party, making up laws for the Palestinian Authority? Shouldn’t its cabinet, headed by prime minister Rami Hamdallah, be involved?
Who is in charge?
The answer is – Mahmoud Abbas is a dictator. He, and Arafat before him, has created the illusion of being democratically elected but in fact there is no democracy and no independence – it is all him.