PFLP backs independent for polls

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) has called on supporters to vote for the independent candidate Mustafa al-Barghuti in next month's Palestinian presidential election.

    The backing will increase al-Barghuti's chances in the election

    The endorsement, which was announced at a press conference in Gaza City, will increase the likelihood of al-Barghuti finishing runner-up to PLO chairman Mahmud Abbas in the 9 January poll to succeed the late Yasir Arafat as president of the Palestinian Authority.

    "We are appealing to our members, cadres and supporters to support the candidacy of Mustafa al-Barghuti and vote for him," Rabah Muhanna, a member of the leftist organisation's politburo, said.

    The PFLP, which boycotted the only previous presidential election in 1996, had announced in November that it would participate this time round but would not be presenting a candidate.

    Al-Barghuti, 51, a democracy and human rights activist, has been running a distant second to Abbas who is the candidate of the dominant Fatah faction.

    Abbas' path to victory was effectively cleared when the resistance movement Hamas announced that it was boycotting the ballot and the jailed intifada leader Marwan al-Barghuti (no relation to Mustafa) dropped out of the race.

    SOURCE: AFP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'Just another Indian': Surviving Canada's residential schools

    'Just another Indian': Surviving Canada's residential schools

    A survivor of schools that took Indigenous children from their families shares her story of abuse, neglect and healing.

    'Butchered': The Kenyan FGM clinic serving Europeans

    'Butchered': The Kenyan FGM clinic serving Europeans

    Kenya banned FGM in 2011, but Europeans still bring their daughters to underground clinics there to be cut.

    What it means to love a dead child

    What it means to love a dead child

    You must forget all you thought you knew about grief when the landscape of your life has been demolished.