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Yahya Hamuda
Lifta-Jerusalem, Palestine
(1908-2006)
Yahya Hamuda - Chairman of the PLO 1967, when Ahmed Shuqeiri resigned from the post; his mandate was extended by the 4th PNC in Cairo in July 1968.
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Yahya Hamuda

Born in Lifta in 1908; attended Ar-Rashidiyyeh School in Jerusalem; studied at the Law Institute in Jerusalem, then at the AUB, graduating with a Law degree;

Worked as a lawyer in Jerusalem and was active in the 1936 and 1939 Revolts; was imprisoned several times by the British authorities for his political activities; fled to Ramallah following the 1948 War; was a member and representative of the Communist Party; served as head of the Palestinian Refugee Congress in the early 1950s; could not return to Palestine after the 1967 War and lived in Amman;

Became Chairman of the PLO in 24 Dec. 1967, when Ahmed Shuqeiri resigned from the post; his mandate was extended by the 4th PNC in Cairo in July 1968; attempted unsuccessfully to unite the PLO and the guerrilla groups; held the post of PLO Chairman until Feb. 1969;

Was elected at the 5th PNC in Cairo in Feb. 1969 as Chairman of the PNC and as its Speaker at the 6th PNC in Cairo in Sept. 1969; was opposed to the PLO departure from Amman/Jordan following the 1970 Black September events; continued working as lawyer and became Chairman of the Jordanian Bar Association;

Died in Amman on 16 June 2006.

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