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Mahmoud Abbas

Personal data
Date of birth26 March 1935(age 81)
Place of birthSafed, Mandate Palestine
Political partyFatah
SpouseAmina Abbas
Alma materUniversity of Damascus
Patrice Lumumba Peoples' Friendship University
ReligionSunni Islam
President of Palestine
Assumed office15 January 2005*
Prime ministerAhmad Qurei
Ismail Haniyeh
Salam Fayyad
Succeeded byAziz Duwaik*
Preceded byRawhi Fattouh (Acting)
Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization
Assumed office11 November 2004
Preceded byhimself as acting Chairman
Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (acting)
In office29 October 2004 - 11 November 2004
Succeeded byhimself
Preceded byYasser Arafat
Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority
In office19 March 2003 - 6 September 2003
PresidentYasser Arafat
Succeeded byAhmad Qurei
Preceded byPosition established

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Mahmoud Abbas ( , ; born 26 March 1935), also known by the kunya Abu Mazen ( , ), has been the Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) since 11 November 2004 and became President of the Palestinian National Authority on 15 January 2005 on the Fatah (فتح Fataḥ) ticket.

Elected to serve until 9 January 2009, he unilaterally extended his term for another year and continues in office even after that second deadline expired. As a result of this, Fatah's main rival, the political party Hamas announced that it would not recognise the extension or view Abbas as rightful president. Abbas was chosen as the President of the State of Palestine by the Palestine Liberation Organisation's Central Council on 23 November 2008, a job he had held unofficially since 8 May 2005.

Abbas served as the first Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority from March to October 2003 when he resigned citing lack of support from Israel and the United States as well as "internal incitement" against his government. Before being named prime minister, Abbas led the PLO's Negotiations Affairs Department.

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