Ramallah: The Palestinian president said
Wednesday he won't run for re-election.
This is the first time Mahmoud Abbas has said
explicitly he won't seek another term.
In a speech today to political allies, Abbas also said
he is willing to travel to the Gaza Strip to promote
reconciliation between the feuding Palestinian territories and
form a united government.
Abbas' plan includes new elections within six months.
But he says he wouldn't run for president again.
However, it's not clear that elections will be held
because Abbas says they cannot take place if the West Bank and
Gaza don't reunite.
First Published: Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 23:51