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PLO picks new leaders at landmark meeting

The parliament of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO PLO
Palestine Liberation Organization

PLO Palestine Liberation Organization

Noun 1. PLO
) elected on Thursday six new members to its executive body.

Among the six elected are Ahmed Qorei, a veteran who recently lost his position in the leadership of the secular Fatah movement, along with top negotiator Saeb Erakat, and lawmaker Hanan Ashrawi Dr. Hanan Daoud Khalil Ashrawi is a Palestinian scholar and political activist. She is a protege and later colleague and close friend of Edward Said. Ashrawi was an important leader during the First Intifada, served as the official spokesperson for the Palestinian Delegation to the , a PLO spokesman said.

The Palestinian National Council The Palestinian National Council (PNC) is the legislative body of the Palestine Liberation Organization and elects its Central Committee, which assumes leadership of the organization between its sessions. The Council normally meets every two years.  (PNC PNC Purdue University North Central (Westville, Indiana)
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PNC Police National Computer
PNC People's National Congress (Guyana)
PNC People's National Congress
), the organisation's parliament, last held a plenary meeting in 1996, and was replacing members of the PLO's 18-member Executive Committee who have since died.

Among Executive Committee members who died in recent years was iconic Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, who passed away in 2004 in a Paris hospital.

The Executive Committee is headed by Palestinian Authority Palestinian Authority (PA) or Palestinian National Authority, interim self-government body responsible for areas of the West Bank and Gaza Strip under Palestinian control.  president Mahmud Abbas.

The PLO groups the main Palestinian nationalist factions, including Abbas's Fatah, but not the Islamist Hamas which has ruled the Gaza enclave since 2007.

It created the Palestinian Authority in July 1994 when Arafat returned to Palestinian land after 27 years in exile.

The international community recognises the PLO as the "sole and legitimate" representative of the Palestinian people, but Hamas disputes that claim and has in the past sought to create a rival body.
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Date:Aug 27, 2009
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