Veteran Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi resigns

RAMALLAH, WEST BANK (AP) — Hanan Ashrawi, a veteran senior official in the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), announced her resignation on Wednesday, saying the Palestinian political system needs “renewal and reinvigoration”.

Ashrawi, a member of the PLO’s decision-making executive committee, said she had informed President Mahmoud Abbas last month of her intention to leave at the end of the year. But after word of her resignation leaked out, she said on Wednesday was stepping down immediately. Abbas’ office said it had accepted her resignation.

In a statement, Ashrawi, 74, said it was time for reforms in the PLO and to end the “marginalisation and exclusion” of the executive committee from decision-making. She also called for a more diverse leadership.