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Palestinian Fatah movement reelects Mahmoud Abbas as party leader

Palestinian Fatah movement reelects Mahmoud Abbas as party leader
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was unanimously elected to another five-year term. (Atef Safadi / European Pressphoto Agency)

A leadership conference of the Palestinian Fatah movement has unanimously reelected President Mahmoud Abbas to a new five-year term.

Party official Salim Zanoun asked the gathering Monday to elect Abbas "by consensus."

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The hundreds of delegates stood up and applauded Abbas, who then hugged Zanoun.

The five-day conference is expected to cement Abbas' control of Fatah and lock out his chief rival, the exiled Mohamed Dahlan.

This story will be updated with more information.

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