Palestine Authority officially adopts State of Palestine

Jerusalem: Emboldened by the support from the UN for its demand for a statehood, the Palestinian Authority has officially adopted 'State of Palestine' as its new name, with President Mahmoud Abbas ordering its use on passports, ID cards, drivers' licences, stamps and all official documents.

Abbas officially signed his first decrees that bear the name of the State of Palestine on Saturday, the official WAFA news agency reported yesterday.

Palestine Authority officially adopts State of Palestine

Mahmoud Abbas. AFP

According to a presidential decree, the 'State of Palestine' will be used instead of the PNA in all official correspondence by all Palestinian embassies in countries which recognise Palestine.

He also ordered his government to replace the name on all official documents like passports, ID cards, drivers' licences, stamps etc.

The development came over a month after the UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to upgrade Palestine's status to non-member observer state at the world body.

In a historic vote on 29 November, a total of 138 nations voted in favour of the Palestinian proposal, in what was seen as a diplomatic blow to the US and Israel, and a moral boost to the Palestinians' quest for an independent state.

As per the order, the Palestinian Interior Ministry will start issuing new passports and ID cards for Palestinians which will show the term State of Palestine in place of the Palestinian Authority, a report in the Gulf News said.

"There is no place for the PNA on our official documents any more," an official was quoted as saying by the paper.

On Saturday, thousands of people took to the streets of Hamas-ruled Gaza to mark 48 years since the founding of Fatah, that was ousted from power in the occupied strip in 2007.


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Updated Date: Jan 07, 2013 15:00:38 IST

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