Barghouti rejects Palestinian presidential candidacy Christina Gheen at 2:45 PM ET
[JURIST] In a reversal from earlier statements, jailed Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti announced Friday he will not seek the presidency of the Palestinian Authority. Pressure from Fatah leaders who were fearful of a party split influenced Barghouti's decision. Quddoura Fares, a Fatah cabinet minister who was sent to dissuade Barghouti from pursuing candidacy, stated that Barghouti now endorses PLO leader and presidential front-runner Mahmoud Abbas. JURIST's Paper Chase has coverage of Barghouti's presidential bid here. Reuters has more.
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