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Abbas, Mahmoud (Abu Mazen)

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Born: 1935 AD
Currently alive, at 79 years of age.

Nationality: Palestinian
Categories: Presidents

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1935 - Born on the 26th of March in Safed, Palestine.

1948 -
His family became refugees during the war and settled in Syria.

         - He graduated from the University of Damascus in Syria.

1950 - He became heavily involved in underground Palestinian politics, joining a number of exiled Palestinians

             in Qatar.

1957 - He was one of the founding members of Fatah.

1993 - He was the first Palestine Liberation Organization official to visit Saudi Arabia after the Gulf War in

             January.

2003 - His appointment as Palestinian Prime Minister, was heavily criticized as an example of Holocaust Denial.
    
          - He served as the first Prime Minister of Palestinian Authority.

2005 - He was Elected President of the Palestinian National Authority on the 9th of January.

          - He refused to disarm Palestinian militants and use force to act against groups of "terrorist

               organizations".

         - on the 25th of July, He announced that he will move his office to Gaza until the complete withdrawal

              of Israeli troops.

2006 - On the 16th of December, he called for new legislative elections, to bring an end to the parliamentary

               stalemate between Fatah and Hamas in forming a national unity government.


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