Children: Three sons Mazen (died 2002), Yasser and Tareq
Education: University of Damascus, BA; Eastern College (in Moscow), Ph.D.
Abbas laid tiles and taught primary school before earning a law degree.
It was the main force in the Palestinian National Council’s decision to work with Israeli peace groups.
He is also known as Abu Mazen. (Abu is a slang term to describe the head of the family or the father of children).
1959 – Founding member of the Palestinian National Liberation Movement (Fatah), which became the largest political group in the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).
1964 – Fatah joins the PLO.
1967 – He is appointed a member of the Fatah Central Committee.
1968 – He joins the Palestinian National Council (PNC).
1980 – He is elected a member of the PLO Executive Committee.
September 1993 – He accompanies Arafat to the White House to sign the Oslo Accords or the Declaration of Principles.
1995 – Signs the interim peace agreement with Israel.
March 19, 2003 – He accepts the post of Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority.
September 6, 2003 – He resigns as Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority.
November 11, 2004 – He becomes the president of the PLO after Arafat’s death.
January 9, 2005 – He declares victory in the Palestinian presidential election.
May 26, 2005 – He meets with Bush; the first meeting with the Palestinian Authority in the White House since the peace talks broke down in 2000. Bush pledges to give the Palestinian Authority $ 50 million in aid.
May 31, 2005 – He undergoes a minor and successful heart procedure at a hospital in Amman, Jordan.
June 14, 2007 – He dissolves the government and dismisses Haniya as prime minister. Haniya rejects him and remains the de facto leader in the Gaza Strip.
June 15, 2007 – He appoints economist Salam Fayyad as the new prime minister of a Palestinian emergency cabinet.
November 27, 2007 – He is attending the Annapolis Middle East Peace Conference, the first formal U.S.-sponsored peace conference since 2000. He is also attended by diplomats and representatives from dozens of countries and organizations in hopes of restarting negotiations in peace of the Middle East.
April 24, 2008 – He meets with Bush at the White House.
January 2009 – He extends his term until 2010, citing a clause in the constitution.
December 16, 2009 – The PLO’s Central Council votes to extend Abbas’s term as president indefinitely.
September 23, 2011 – Abbas sends a letter requesting a state to the UN Secretary-General.
January 3, 2013 – Abbas issues a decree to change the name of the organization as “State of Palestine.”
May 28, 2018 – He leaves the hospital after receiving treatment for pneumonia.
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