Full Name: Abu Mazen
Profession: Palestinian President
Biography: Abbas has been the President of the Palestinian National Authority since 2005. The split between rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas meant that Abbas has not been recognized by Hamas as the President since 2009, but he is viewed as such by the international community.
- 1993-09-13 Public unveiling of the Oslo Accords, an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement initiated by Norway, signed by Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Shimon Peres and PLO official Mahmoud Abbas
- 2004-11-11 Yasser Arafat's death through unidentified causes confirmed by Palestine Liberation Organization, Mahmoud Abbas elected PLO chairman minutes later.
- 2009-04-12 President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian National Authority makes a courtesy phone call to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, restarting the Palestinian-Israeli dialogue