We explained to Abu Mazen (Abbas) that the truce won't stop Hamas from responding to ongoing Israeli violationsMilitants blame Israel for truce problems Jun 09, 2005
He said that he does not want a screen full of bloodPalestinian TV becomes less bloody Feb 06, 2005
This victory is a present to the spirit of late president Yasser Arafat and we present this overwhelming victory to the Palestinian people from Rafah in southern Gaza Strip to Jenin in northern West BankAbbas declares he won the elections Jan 09, 2005
The talks between Abu Mazen and Mesh'al would discuss the issues of dialogue and political partnership and collective leadership and the PLO as a collective formula that includes all the PalestiniansAbbas to meet Mesh'al in Syria Dec 05, 2004
We highly appreciate the declaration of jailed Fatah leader Marwan al Barghouti decision to give the chance for Abu Mazen to run in the electionsFatah armed wing to support Abu Mazen Nov 28, 2004
Mahmoud Abbas (Arabic: مَحْمُود عَبَّاس Maḥmūd ʿAbbās; born 26 March 1935), also known by the kunya Abu Mazen (Arabic: أَبُو مَازِن), has been the Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) since 11 November 2004 and became President of the Palestinian National Authority on 15 January 2005 on the Fatah (فتح Fataḥ) ticket.
Elected to serve until 9 January 2009, he unilaterally extended his term for another year and continues in office even after that deadline expired. As a result of this, Fatah's main rival, the political party Hamas announced that it would not recognise the extension or view Abbas as rightful president. Abbas was chosen as the President of the "State of Palestine" by the Palestine Liberation Organisation's Central Council on 23 November 2008, a job he had held unofficially since 8 May 2005. Abbas served as the first Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority from March to October 2003 when he resigned citing lack of support from Israel and the United States as well as "internal incitement" against his government. Before being named prime minister, Abbas led the PLO's Negotiations Affairs Department.
Abbas was born in Safed in Mandate Palestine. He and his family fled to Syria during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. He graduated from the University of Damascus before going to Egypt where he studied law.