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|Interim-President of the Palestinian National Authority|
November 11, 2004 – January 15, 2005
|Preceded by||Yasser Arafat|
|Succeeded by||Mahmoud Abbas|
Rafah, British Mandate for Palestine
Rawhi Fattuh (Arabic: روحي فتوح, Rawḥī Fatūḥ, also transliterated as Rauhi Fattouh) (born 1949) is the former Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council and was the interim President of the Palestinian Authority, following the death of Yasser Arafat on November 11, 2004 until January 15, 2005. Under Palestinian law, he was to hold the post for sixty days until an election was held. The elections were held and won by Mahmoud Abbas, who was sworn in on January 15, 2005.
A member of Arafat's Fatah movement, Fattuh became the Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council (i.e. parliament) on March 10, 2004. He was elected in 1996 as a representative of the town of Rafah (in the Gaza Strip), where he was born and has lived for most of his life. He served as secretary to the council until November 2003, when he became the Minister of Agriculture in the government of Ahmed Qureia.
In March 2004, Fatah nominated him as its candidate for the post of speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, with 34 Fatah delegates voting in favour and 10 against. Fattuh is generally considered a moderate. He supported Ahmed Qureia, his predecessor as Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council and former Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, as Arafat's permanent replacement. Qureia is considered to have played an instrumental role in the negotiation of the Oslo Accords.
- Bio entry appears in the PASSIA (Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs) website, listed as FATTOUH, RAWHI Ahmed Mohammed (1949-) under "Personalities" at http://www.passia.org/index.htm Link checked 11 Apr 2011. PASSIA's entry is referenced by other online biographical sources.
|President of the Palestinian Authority
2004 – 2005
|Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council
March 10, 2004 – February 16, 2006
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