the republic logo

Former No. 2 in the PLO says he was illegally sacked by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas


RAMALLAH, West Bank — A top PLO official recently fired by Palestinian leader says he was dismissed illegally in a move that bodes ill for Palestinian institutions.

Yasser Abed Rabbo, who has criticized Abbas' policies and leadership, was removed as the Palestine Liberation Organization's No. 2 two weeks ago. He was replaced with Abbas confidant .

Abed Rabbo told reporters Sunday he was fired without a vote, and that this "harms not only me" but the organization.

Abbas' office had no comment.

Abbas has alleged in closed-door meetings that Abed Rabbo is part of a group of Palestinian politicians trying to undermine him with financial support from the United Arab Emirates.

Abed Rabbo says such "painful" allegations hurt ties with the UAE which he described as a supporter of the Palestinians.

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

Story copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.

We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)


Follow The Republic:

All content copyright ©2015 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.