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Palestinian forum convened after 22 years, beset by boycotts and divisions

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Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh smiles after delivering a speech in Gaza City April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

RAMALLAH, WEST BANK (Reuters) – A powerful but rarely convened assembly that calls itself the Palestinian “supreme authority” meets for the first time in 22 years on Monday, but boycotts and rifts suggest it will struggle to achieve its stated goal of unity against Israel and the United States.

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President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to use the four-day Palestinian National Council (PNC) meeting to renew his legitimacy and to install loyalists in powerful positions to begin shaping his legacy.

Abbas has billed the meeting of the Palestinian National Council (PNC), the de facto parliament of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, as a chance to establish a united front against Israel and the United States, after President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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