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Angry arguments erupt at Fatah convention

world Updated: Aug 05, 2009 19:46 IST
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Angry arguments over elections and money have erupted between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Fatah activists on the second day of the movement's convention. Fatah's first convention in 20 years is meant to elect new leaders, clean up Fatah's image and make it more competitive with rival Hamas.

However, delegates complained on Wednesday that Fatah's old guard is trying to manipulate the elections.

Delegate Hussam Khader says Abbas rejected his demand for a detailed account by the leadership of how it spent the movement's money.

Another heated dispute erupted over representation for Gaza. The territory's Hamas leaders have prevented most Gaza delegates from reaching the conference.