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Palestinian Constitutional Court to dissolve Legislative Council

Dec. 23, 2018 11:54 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 23, 2018 1:03 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Saturday that a decree has been issued by the Palestinian Constitutional Court dissolving the Palestine Legislative Council (PLC).

Abbas said on the opening remarks of the leadership meeting in the central occupied West Bank city of Ramallah that the Palestinian leadership is committed to the Court’s decree, which also calls for holding legislative elections in six months.

Regarding the unsteady relationship with the United States, Abbas stressed, “We have said 'no' to America, and we will continue to say 'no' to America and others. If Jerusalem is gone, there will be nothing left to talk about, but we will not stay silent and we will not accept that.”

“We will not sell Jerusalem, which will remain the eternal capital of the Palestinian people. We will continue to demand international protection of our people in international forums,” he added.

He continued, “We will not allow the continuation of Israeli aggression, and we will not wait for what the United States claims to offer. We are still on our position rejecting dialogue with the US administration as a biased party.”

Abbas said that “all attempts to tamper with Palestinian security will not deter us from confronting the 'Deal of the Century,' adding "We have begun to implement the resolutions of the National and Central councils.”

“Any Palestinian has the right to lodge a complaint with the International Criminal Court. We have asked the Interpol to arrest criminals and corrupt fugitives.”

Regarding national reconciliation, Abbas noted, “My initiative on reconciliation has not received any response until now.” Despite "no response" he expressed appreciation for the Egyptian efforts to end the division.

Abbas concluded by reiterating that the Palestinian government does not accept that the Hamas movement is accused of terrorism, referring to Nikki Haley's recent attempt to pass an anti-Hamas resolution at the United Nations General Assembly, and said that Hamas "is part of the Palestinian people, but we have differences with it and this is a Palestinian issue.”

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