Palestinian Fatah dismisses once-powerful official

AP News
Posted: Jun 12, 2011 4:22 PM
Palestinian Fatah dismisses once-powerful official

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has booted a once-powerful official from his Fatah movement.

Abbas announced Sunday that Fatah's central committee has dismissed Mohammed Dahlan. The statement referred to "criminal, financial and other charges" made against Dahlan by an investigative committee.

The move marks another stage in the fall of Dahlan, once the powerful security chief in Gaza, a Western darling and a potential successor to Abbas.

Dahlan lost Gaza to Hamas forces in 2007 and has been dogged by allegations of corruption. After Dahlan began vocally criticizing Abbas, the president had his loyalists arrested and shut down his TV station.

Palestinian critics said the moves reflected intolerance for dissent in the Palestinian Authority.