Palestinian Strongman Dahlan Rules Out Presidential Run

Palestinian senior Fatah official Mohammed Dahlan
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The Times of Israel reports: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s top internecine rival, Mohammad Dahlan (pictured), often mentioned as a possible candidate to succeed the 81-year-old leader, said Sunday he will not run for president in future Palestinian elections.

In a long interview with the Palestinian news agency Ma’an, Dahlan said he supports Marwan Barghouti to become president, out of “personal belief” and because according to opinion polls, Barghouti — who is currently in Israeli jail for multiple murder convictions and for anti-Israel terror activity — is the preferred choice of the Palestinian people.

The former Gaza strongman, for years estranged from the Palestinian leader’s power base, said he is willing to reconcile with Abbas, but asked for “the magic recipe” that could make it happen.

Anyone who thinks Fatah isn’t being run “like a private company,” he said, “is either disingenuous or deluded.”

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