Fatah bans controversial strongman Dahlan

Palestinian Fatah faction has banned from meetings a former leader, once considered a possible successor to Abbas.

Fatah bans controversial strongman Dahlan

Palestinian Fatah faction has banned from meetings a former leader, once considered a possible successor to President Mahmoud Abbas, an official news agency reported on Tuesday.

Mohammed Dahlan, for years Fatah's strong-man in the Gaza Strip, was banned from attending faction meetings, the WAFA news agency reported, saying only that he was being investigated by the group's highest decision-making body.

The central committee of Fatah, Abbas' political party, announced the decision after a meeting chaired by the president in Ramallah. The leadership body also said Dahlan was facing an internal investigation.

The committee decided "unanimously to suspend Mohamed Dahlan from its meetings until the commission of inquiry finishes its work," a statement issued by the leadership council said.

A senior Fatah official said the investigation revolves around Dahlan's financial assets and accusations of incitement against Abbas.

Palestinian officials, speaking anonymously, have said Dahlan had publicly spoken poorly of Abbas's sons and had criticised the Palestinian president, going as far as to call for his replacement.

Prior to the ban, Abbas had ordered security guards to be removed from Dahlan's office and house in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Since then, Dahlan has spent more time abroad.

The Palestinian media has reported that the commission of inquiry is looking into the origin of Dahlan's alleged fortune, as well as allegations that he attempted to establish a personal militia.

In addition to suspending Dahlan, Fatah's central committee also relieved him of his role overseeing the party's communication and culture portfolios.

A former head of preventative security in the Gaza Strip, and once considered a US protege, Dahlan fell into disgrace after the humiliating rout of his forces by Hamas fighters in June 2007 in Gaza.

Despite his fall from grace, he returned to the political stage in August 2009, when he was elected to Fatah's central committee during its party conference.


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