Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization

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The Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization[1] (also known as Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization) is the leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee (PLO EC), the executive body of the PLO which was established in 1964. The Chairman represents the PLO and the Palestinian people before the international community, such as the United Nations. The Chairman is chosen by the members of the PLO EC.[2]

List of Chairmen (1964–Present)[edit]

# Chairman Born-Died Term start Term end Notes
1 Ahmad Shukeiri No image.png 1908–1980 10 June 1964 24 December 1967
2 Yahya Hammuda No image.png 1908–2006 24 December 1967 3 February 1969
3 Yasser Arafat
(Abu Amar)
ArafatEconomicForum.jpg 1929–2004 4 February 1969[3][4] 11 November 2004 In exile in Jordan to April 1971, Lebanon 1971 – December 1982, and Tunisia December 1982 – May 1994. Died in office
4 Mahmoud Abbas
(Abu Mazen)
Mahmoud Abbas.jpg 1935– 29 October 2004 Incumbent Acting on behalf of Yasser Arafat to 11 November 2004. Resigned on 22 August 2015

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Government of the Dominican Republic (2009-07-15). "Comunicado Conjunto para Establecimiento Relaciones Diplomaticas entre la Republica Dominican y el Estado de Palestina" (PDF). Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 2011-03-20. , page3: "Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization"
  3. ^ Al Fatah Chief To Lead Palestinian Liberation; Associated Press; Feb. 6, 1969
  4. ^ FATAH WINS CONTROL OF PALESTINE GROUP;New York Times; Feb. 5, 1969


  • Silverburg, Sanford R. (2002). Palestine and International Law: Essays on Politics and Economics. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland & Co. ISBN 0-7864-1191-0 

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