August 5, 2021

Senior PLO official Ashrawi resigns, calls for Palestinian political reforms

Veteran Palestinian negotiator and women’s rights advocate Hanan Ashrawi resigned on Wednesday from her senior post in the Palestine Liberation Organization, and called for political reforms.

Ashrawi, 74, did not give a reason for her resignation in a statement announcing the move. But she said that the PLO’s Executive Committee, on which she served, had been marginalised “and [excluded] from decision-making”.

The 15-member committee, the most senior body of the PLO, is headed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and is not often convened by the 85-year-old leader.

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