Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization

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The Executive Committee (PLO EC) is the highest executive body of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), and the provisional government of the State of Palestine.[1][2]

Its 18 members are elected by the Palestinian National Council (PNC), often as representatives of the PLO member factions. The Executive Committee members hold special areas of responsibility, such as military matters, foreign affairs, finance and social affairs, making their role similar to that of ministers in a national government. Elections have been held irregularly, and the last PLO EC was elected by the PNC in 1996. Some of its deceased members were replaced at the 2009 PNC meeting in Ramallah.[3]

The Executive Committee meets abroad and in the Palestinian territories.[4]

The Executive Committee is headed by the Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization elected by the PLO EC.[5] There are only 12 living Executive Committee members, the minimum for a quorum, according to the Constitution of the PLO.


The current members of the Executive Committee are:

  1. Mahmoud Abbas (Fatah)
  2. Farouk Kaddoumi (Fatah)
  3. Mohammed Zuhdi al-Nashashibi
  4. Yasser Abed Rabbo
  5. Abdel Rahim Mallouh
  6. Taysir Khalid (Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine) until 1993
  7. Ali Ishaq
  8. Mahmoud Ismail (Arab Liberation Front)
  9. As'ad Abdel Rahman
  10. Ghassan Shakaa (Mayor of Nablus)
  11. Zakaria al-Agha (Fatah)
  12. Riya al-Khudri
  13. Saeb Erekat
  14. Ahmed Majdalani
  15. Salih Raafat
  16. Ziad Amr
  17. Ahmad Qurei
  18. Hanna Amira
  19. Dr. Hanan Ashrawi

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  1. ^ Sayigh, Yezid (1999). Armed Struggle and the Search for State: The Palestinian National Movement, 1949–1993 (illustrated ed.). Oxford University Press. p. 624. ISBN 9780198296430.  "The Palestinian National Council also empowered the central council to form a government-in-exile when appropriate, and the executive committee to perform the functions of government until such time as a government-in-exile was established."
  2. ^ United Nations General Assembly Session 67 Resolution 19. A/RES/67/19 {{{date}}}. Retrieved 2013-01-07.
  3. ^ The parliament of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) elected on Thursday six new members to its executive body.
    PNC Convenes in Ramallah Wednesday to Select PLO Exec. Committee Members
  4. ^ The PLO Executive Committee is to hold a meeting on issues related to the Middle East peace process here Saturday, Palestinian Permanent Delegate to the Cairo-based Arab League Mohamed Sobeih said today.
    Palestinian President Abbas attends a PLO executive committee meeting in Ramallah