Mahmoud Abbas quits leadership of PLO

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas resigned as leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization on Saturday.

Abbas and nine PLO executive committee members announced their resignations on Saturday.

Reports say the move is aimed at forcing the Palestinian National Council, PNC, to convene soon.

However, officials say the resignations will take effect only when the PNC meets.

The PNC, or Palestinian parliament in exile, has over 700 members who live in the Palestinian territories and in the diaspora.

It has not met in nearly 20 years.

The executive committee is the highest executive body of the PLO, and the provisional government of the State of Palestine.

Abbas’ resignation does not affect his position as president of the Palestinian Authority.

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