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Mohammed Dahlan, newly appointed Civil Affairs Minister enters Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia office in Ramallah, West Bank, February 24, 2005. The Palestinian Legislative Council approved the reformed government with a vote of 54-12, with four abstentions. The government includes 17 newcomers with nearly half with doctoral degrees, replacing the late Yasser Arafat's old guard. (UPI Photo/Debbie Hill)
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Mohammed Dahlan (Arabic: محمد دحلان) born on September 29, 1961 in Khan Younis Refugee Camp, Khan Younis, Gaza Strip also known by the kunya or nom de guerre Abu Fadi (Arabic: أبو فادي) (Muhammad Dahlan is another spelling of his name) is a Palestinian politician, the former leader of Fatah in Gaza. Dahlan was born to a refugee family from Hamama, the youngest of six children.

Dahlan became politically active as a teenager and in 1981 helped to establish the Gaza branch of the Fatah Youth Movement Fatah Hawks in the Gaza Strip. Between 1981 and 1986, he was arrested by Israel 11 times for his leading role in the movement. During his time in prison, he learned to speak Hebrew fluently. Following his release from prison, Dahlan completed a BA in Business Administration at the Islamic University of Gaza.

In 2007, Dahlan assisted in a U.S. plan to overthrow the elected Hamas government in Gaza, but the coup failed when Hamas carried out a counter-coup, and routed Fatah forces in Gaza instead.

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