Chairman Mahmoud Abbas announced Thursday evening that he is not going to run for reelection in January's Palestinian Authority elections. At a news conference in Ramallah, Abu-Mazen said, "I informed the central Fatah committee that I am not interested in presenting my candidacy for the upcoming presidency, and this decision is not meant for tactical purposes or manipulation."
Abbas charged the Israeli government with "adopting a policy that ruins all peace efforts." He also criticized Hamas for not reaching reconciliation with his Fatah faction which, he said, perpetuates Israel's siege on Gaza and "boosts the 'no partner' argument on the other side."
Fatah may hold a rally to pressure him to change his mind since the faction has no major candidate to replace him.