PLO extends mandates of Abbas & parliament

The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) has extended the mandates of both president Mahmoud Abbas and the Hamas-dominated parliament until new elections are held.

The decision was made by PLO’s Central Council at a meeting in Ramallah on Wednesday.

Qaid al-Ghul, a PLO representative said: “The PLO took the decision that president Abbas and the Legislative Council will continue their duties until the next election in accordance with the Basic Law.”

The PLO’s decision will extend the tense status quo between Hamas, the political movement ruling Gaza and Abbas’s Fatah, in charge of the occupied West Bank.

Abbas’s term in office was due to expire on January 25, with elections scheduled to be held on January 24.