The PLO Executive Committee urged Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to dismantle the Palestinian Authority government and declare a state of emergency. The recommendation came during a meeting June 27 of the committee led by Abbas in Ramallah and could be acted upon in the near future, the Palestinian news agency WAFA said. WAFA said the committee discussed security and the recent ouster of Fatah from Gaza by the rival Hamas. It also authorized Abbas to take unspecified steps to protect Palestinian unity. (UPI)

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