Nope, he’s had his well orchestrated Fatah gangs out on the streets in a media display of undying support for their “Supreme Leader” the self appointed Shah of Palestine. And this suits Israel and America perfectly. For didn’t the AIPAC owned and funded Secretary of State Clinton tell the world that the Americans will continue to work with Abbas “in any capacity” now there’s a surprise…..not. So basically America will not recognize anyone who may either temporarily replace him according to Palestinian laws. No surprise there, I remember Bush boasting about how wonderful it was that the Palestinians were having a Democratic election (one that was monitored by international observers no less!) and yet when Hamas got elected with a majority, suddenly democracy went flying out the window for the “Great Democracy” America.
So, Abbas and his lackeys are working feverishly to line things up in a way that ensures the Shah of Palestine will remain the big man doing all the negotiations, or should I say giving Palestine and Palestinian rights away to Israel. See here:
link Mahmud Abbas's mandate as Palestinian president, disputed by Hamas, could be extended to avoid a constitutional vacuum, a Palestinian official said on Sunday.And Abbas is certainly acting like the Shah of Palestine, what with arresting journalists and Palestinian citizens who oppose him or are members of rival Political Parties and such. So much so that European Lawyer groups are asking West Bank Palestinians to document these crimes for possible prosecution under International Law, funnily enough:
Abbas was elected on January 9, 2005 for a four-year term. The Palestinian Authority extended his presidency by one year so presidential and parliamentary elections could be held on the same date, as required by Palestinian Basic Law.
"The PLO central committee will discuss the options to avoid a constitutional vacuum" at its meeting due to take place on December 15, Mohammed Dahlan told reporters in the West Bank town of Ramallah.
"One of them (the options) is the extension of the mandate of president Abbas," said Dahlan, a member of both the committee and of the Palestinian leader's mainstream Fatah party.
link A number of eminent jurists in Europe called on the Palestinian people in the West Bank to document the crimes committed by Mahmoud Abbas’s militias against them in order to prosecute the perpetrators in international courts.Just for a small dose of Comedy, I was wondering how Americans would feel if George W. Bush was declared by the International World to still be the President of the United States. If the International Community and countries of the world said "We will continue to work with Bush in any capacity" What's that? Do I hear the sound of fainting and dropping bodies? Yet, this is what America expects the Palestinains to accept. Note the comedy there? So what do the Non-Shah Supporting Palestinians who hunger for freedom and Palestinian rights have to say about this illegal Fatah/US/Israel based move?
The jurists said in a statement published on Monday that the violations committed by these militias against West Bank people in coordination with the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) violate clearly the UN charter and the Geneva convention.
They added that these crimes are not dropped by the lapse of time and they come under the heading of crimes against humanity.
In a related context, the Palestinian center for development and media freedoms (Mada) deplored Abbas’s militias for kidnapping journalists in the West Bank, saying it is a blatant violation of freedom of expression.
The center called for stopping the wave of kidnappings carried out against journalists especially the former workers in Al-Aqsa satellite channel and its office director in the West Bank Mohamed Eshtewi.
In a separate incident, Abbas’s militias reportedly kidnapped seven Palestinian citizens affiliated with Hamas in the districts of Bethlehem, Nablus, Al-Khalil, Salfit and Qalqiliya.
Never you mind, soon America and Israel will be announcing the Shah is permanently cemented in place, crowned and coronated, the recognized Negotiator and Representative of ALL the Palestinian people. Democracy? A mere American myth, who needs it, done deal………..
link Dr. Aziz Dweik, the speaker of the Palestinian legislative council (PLC) strongly denounced Salim Al-Zaanoun, the head of the Palestinian national council (PNC), for saying that the authorities of the PLC would be transferred to the PLO’s central council, which is a liaison council between the PLO's executive committee and the PNC.
In a press statement to the Palestinian information center (PIC), Dr. Dweik condemned such talk as illegal, saying the PLC is the master of itself and no one can abolish and replace it or take its powers because it is a standalone system. He added that any unelected council cannot take the place of the PLC.
For his part, Dr. Salah Al-Bardawil, the spokesman for Hamas parliamentary bloc, stated Sunday that the mandate of the PLC is four years according to the Palestinian basic law and until new elected members are sworn in, the current parliament is still active, noting that the previous PLC continued to work for 10 years.
Dr. Bardawil underlined that PLO’s central council has no power over the PLC and any talk other than that reflects imbalance in powers, infringement on the basic law, and some sort of "hectic political hallucination".
The lawmaker stressed that the threat to withdraw the authorities of the PLC is part of the same policy which has been pursued by Fatah since the first days of the victory of Hamas in the legislative elections.
He added that those who are conspiring today to usurp the PLC’s authorities are the same people who collaborated with the Israeli occupation to imprison Hamas lawmakers, tighten the siege on Gaza and carry out military aggression on the Gaza Strip with the aim of eliminating the Palestinian resistance and giving way to Israel’s lackeys to control the fate of Palestinian people.