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last updated Jan. 9, 2010 1:24 PM (EST+7)
Bassam al-Salhi
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Palestinian politics PPP Palestinian Peoples Party
Bassam al-Salhi, leader of the Palestinian People's Party (PPP) was minister of culture in the Palestinian national unity government between March and June 2007.

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Al-Salhi was born in Amari Refugee Camp, Ramallah, in 1960. He holds a master's degree in international studies and has written several books and political papers. He was also a prominent student activist. From 1979 until 1981 he was head of the student council at Birzeit University. He led the student movement against the Camp David agreements, and as a result was arrested several times and placed under house arrest. During the first Intifada he was a member of the National Unified Command and was arrested and sentenced to three years in prison and three years probation. He participated in the leadership commission of the tunnel Intifada of 1996 and al-Aqsa Intifada of 2000. He has campaigned vigorously against the West Bank Wall.

Al-Salhi has devoted a lot of his time to mobilizing international support for the Palestinian people. He was general secretary of the PPP and was the party's candidate for the presidential elections held in 2005. During the 2006 elections for the Palestinian Legislative Council he was one of two deputies elected from the alternative bloc. He is considered liberal and secular.
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