Jailed Barghouti Intends to run for President in Next PA Election

Marwan Barghouti, 43, (R), general secretary of Palestinian [President Yasser Arafat's Fatah ] movement in the West Bank, speaks to the press as his attourney Jamal Bulous (L) tries to stop him at Tel Aviv's city court on August 14, 2002. Shouting in Hebrew, "the Intifada will win", Marwan Barghouti …

The Jerusalem Post reports: Jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti (pictured) intends to run in the next Palestinian Authority presidential election when and if they take place, his wife, Fadwa Barghouti, announced on Wednesday.

Barghouti  told a Hamas-affiliated online newspaper that it was her husband’s “duty to contest the vote in order to correct the path of the Palestinian cause.”

She said that her husband would also run in the election in order to “salvage and restore the national movement and achieve the right of return and independence.”

The Fatah leader is serving a sentence of five life-terms for his role in terror attacks against Israelis during the Second Intifada.

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