Jailed Barghouti backs challenge to Palestinian president

Imprisoned Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti has endorsed a list of challengers opposing president Mahmud Abbas’s Fatah movement in legislative elections next month, the head of the dissident list said Thursday. Barghouti, who is serving multiple life sentences in an Israeli jail and is described by some supporters as the “Palestinian Mandela,” has been a closely watched figure ahead of the first Palestinian elections in 15 years. The deadline for submitting candidate lists for the May 22 legislative polls expired on Wednesday. Barghouti’s wife Fadwa is the second candidate on the “Freedom” …

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