Mahmoud Abbas elected head of the Palestine liberation Organization

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Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has been re-elected as chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation.

The PLO, founded in the 1960s, was meant to represent Palestinians everywhere, but decision-making has shifted to the Abbas-led West Bank autonomy government.

Last month the PLO's Central Council called on the Executive Committee to suspend recognition of Israel until it recognizes the state of Palestine and halts the building of Jewish settlements on Palestinian land, yet a statement to this effect was not issued by the body during this week's convention.

This was the first PNC meeting in 22 years.

Although his term as president expired in 2009, infighting with Hamas has made elections impossible.

In closing remarks early Friday, Abbas did not respond to the criticism.

Was also appointed other members of the Committee.

The PNC also condemned the U.S. for planning to move it's embassy to Jerusalem, the eternal capital of Israel, and blamed both Israel and America orchestrating a diversion campaign, by pointing out that Abbas is a rabid anti-Semite, based on his own words.

The elected members of the most senior body of the PLO are veteran negotiator Saeb Ereakat, legislator Hanan Ashrawi and Azzam Al-Ahmad.

Some opposed the event being held in the West Bank, where Israel controls movement, and others wanted the meeting to be postponed until a later date.

A reconciliation deal signed by Hamas and Abbas´s Fatah party in October has collapsed.

  • Rogelio Becker