Arafat losing mental faculties - aides

PARIS, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Yasser Arafat's closest aides said Saturday the long-time Palestinian leader has lost control of his mental faculties and cannot communicate clearly.

U.S. favors 'real authority' for Qurei

WASHINGTON, July 27 (UPI) -- The United States said Tuesday it would like to see "real authority" vested in the Palestinian prime minister.

Arafat defiant following Sharon threats

RAMALLAH, West Bank, April 24 (UPI) -- Palestinian leader Yssser Arafat was defiant Saturday in response to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's renewed death threats.

Blair meets with Mubarak

LONDON, March 7 (UPI) -- Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair met with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Saturday ahead of Blair's meeting with the new Palestinian prime minister.

Israeli-Palestinian talks scheduled

JERUSALEM, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Nabil Sha'at said Monday a meeting between Ariel Sharon and Ahmed Qurei has been scheduled for February 20th.

Israel hopes Egypt will help set dialogue

GENEVA, Switzerland, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- To jumpstart the stalled Middle East peace process, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak met Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom, in Geneva, Switzerland.

Egypt to resume drive for cease-fire

JERUSALEM, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Egypt has refused to accept as final the rejection by Hamas and Islamic Jihad of a temporary cease-fire with Israel, and plans to resume talks in Gaza.

Israel proposes talks with Palestinians

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Israel's foreign minister says Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will propose new peace talks with Palestinians next week, the BBC reported Friday.

Egyptian negotiator seeks new ceasefire

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei reportedly says all Palestinian factions will be invited to Egypt next week to negotiate a cease-fire.

Arafat retains control of security

GAZA, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat is expected to be supported in a vote Sunday on a deal to retain control of security within a new government.

Palestinians agree on new government

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement reportedly reached agreement on a new Palestinian government late Friday, sources reported.

Palestinians fail to form new cabinet

JERUSALEM, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- An internal power struggle foiled the Palestinian Authority's plans Tuesday to announce a new cabinet.

Thousands throng Israeli peace rally

TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Tens of thousands of Israelis marked the eighth anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin with a peace rally Sunday in Tel Aviv.

Israeli minister in peace talks plan

JERUSALEM, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Israel's Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz plans to hold talks with Palestinian officials next week, the London Financial Times reported.

Palestinian cabinet issue deadlocked

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- The dispute between Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and his Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei over the new cabinet remains unresolved.
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Ahmed Qurei
Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei 2 on (R) attends a meeting with the 14 Islamic and secular Palestinian groups in Gaza November 6, 2004. Palestinian President Yasser Arafat remained in a critical condition in a French military hospital on Saturday, a senior aide said, despite a media report that he might have opened his eyes and talked to doctors. (UPI Photo/ STR)

Ahmed Ali Mohammed Qurei (or Qureia; أحمد علي محمد قريع, Åhmɑd Oɑlí Mʋhɑm̑ɑd Qʋrɑỉo), also known by his Arabic Kunya Abu Alaa (أبو علاء, Åbú Oɑláº) (born March 26, 1937) is a former prime minister of the Palestinian Authority. First appointed to the position in October 2003, he tendered his resignation on January 26, 2006, following the defeat of the Fatah party in the Palestinian legislative elections of 2006, and remained in office in a caretaker capacity until 19 February when he was succeeded by Ismail Haniya. During his tenure as prime minister, he has also had responsibility for security matters. He has previously served as speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council and held a variety of significant positions within the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) from the 1970s on.

Qurei was born in Abu Dis (near Jerusalem) in 1937 to a relatively wealthy family. He joined the Fatah, the largest of the political and military organizations making up the Palestine Liberation Organization, in 1968. As a banker, he used his expertise during the 1970s as the director of the PLO's foreign investment branch and director-general of the PLO's economic branch, helping to make the organization one of the largest employers in Lebanon. He followed Yasser Arafat to Tunis after the PLO was forced to leave Lebanon. As more senior leaders died, Qurei rose to prominence and was elected to the Fatah Central Committee in August 1989.

As a member of the Central Committee, Qurei was instrumental in negotiating the Oslo Accords. Later, at Camp David (July 11 to 25, 2000), he took part in the negotiations with Ehud Barak. He held various posts in the first Palestinian Authority cabinets including Minister of Economy & Trade and Minister of Industry. He was also responsible for a development plan for the Palestinian territories submitted to the World Bank in 1993. He also founded and became director of the Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction (PECDAR) in 1993 in order to help garner money from international donors. Soon after, he was elected to the PLC and was elected Speaker in March 2000.

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