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Top Abbas adviser al-Sheikh to lead PLO’s executive committee – report

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Senior Palestinian Authority official Hussein al-Sheikh is set to be appointed secretary-general of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, the organization recognized as the representative of Palestinians around the world, according to a report Thursday.

The Ynet news site, citing Palestinian sources in Ramallah, said a formal announcement will be made soon.

There was no immediate confirmation from Palestinian officials.

For decades, Palestinians viewed the Palestine Liberation Organization as the standard-bearer of their national movement. The PLO has become largely devoid of power since the establishment of the Palestinian Authority in the mid-1990s, but an appointment to its leadership still carries symbolic weight.

The position has been unmanned since former secretary-general Saeb Erekat died of COVID-19 in November........

© The Times of Israel

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