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Al Tayeb Abdul Rahim

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Palestine
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1944
  • Age: 77
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Tayeb Abdel Rahim, whose full name is Tayeb Abdel Rahim Mahmoud Abdel Halim (1944 in Anabta - March 18, 2020 in Cairo), is a Palestinian politician who held the position of Secretary General of the Palestinian Presidency, a former member of the Fatah Central Committee, and one of the founders of the Palestinian National Authority.

In 1944, Tayeb Abdel Rahim Mahmoud Abdel Halim was born in the town of Anabta, east of Tulkarm Governorate, to a Palestinian family, and his father, the Palestinian poet Abdel Rahim Mahmoud. He received his school education and joined Al-Azhar University in 1962, from which he obtained a bachelor's degree in commerce.

During his studies at Al-Azhar University, he assumed the presidency of the Palestinian Students' Union in Cairo in 1966. He was among the first batch of Fatah movement who joined the Military Academy in Nanjing, China.

After his return, he became the General Political Commissar of the Revolutionary Forces and then director of Sawt al-Asifa Radio in the period 1969-1970, then director of the PLO Radio 1973-1975.

He was appointed ambassador of the Palestine Liberation Organization to China, and assumed the task of representing the Liberation Organization in Egypt and Yugoslavia, and later the ambassador of the Palestine Liberation Organization to Jordan. Abd al-Rahim has been a member of the Palestinian National Council since 1977, a member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council since 1980 and a member of the Fatah Central Committee since 1988. He participated in the Oslo Accords, and is considered one of the founders of the Palestinian National Authority. He returned with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat to the Palestinian territories, and entrusted him with the tasks of the Palestinian presidency in 1993 and continued in the position until his death.

He was elected as a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council after the Palestinian general elections in 1996, where he obtained 10,363 votes in the Tulkarm Governorate constituency, representing Fatah.

During his lifetime, he headed the Dialogue Committee with Palestinian Opposition Groups in 1996, the National Committee for Investigation of Corruption in 1997, and also chaired the electoral campaign for President Mahmoud Abbas, in addition to heading the National Committee to investigate the failure to confront the outlaw militias in the Gaza Strip in 2007.

On March 18, 2020, Al-Tayeb Abdel Rahim died after a struggle with illness in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.



Achievements and Awards

On December 22, 1989, the President of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia awarded him the Order of the Yugoslav Flag with Honor; For his services in developing and strengthening peaceful cooperation and friendly relations between the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the State of Palestine.

In 1994, King Hussein bin Talal of Jordan awarded him the Independence Medal of the first degree, in recognition of the commendable qualities that he was characterized by.

December 11, 2007, Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas awarded him the Palestinian Star of Honor Medal of the highest degree, for his tireless struggle, integrity, commitment and dedication in carrying out the tasks entrusted to him throughout the course of the revolution and the Palestinian National Authority and his perseverance in performing his duties in serving the causes of the Palestinian people and their national goals.

December 14, 2011, Minister Sergei Stepashin, Chairman of the Supervision and Accountability Authority and President of the Imperial Orthodox Society, awarded him the Russian Order of Honor, in recognition of his efforts in strengthening the historical friendship between Russia and Palestine.

On January 20, 2016, Chinese President Xi Jinping conferred on him the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Sino-Arab Friendship; In appreciation of the outstanding contributions he made to strengthening relations between the Palestinian and Chinese peoples and ways to develop them, among the 10 Arab personalities who worked to improve Arab-Chinese relations was Mr. Boutros Ghali, former Secretary-General of the United Nations.


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