Rawhi Fattouh

Rawhi Fattuh (Arabic: روحي فتوح, Rawḥī Fatūḥ, also transliterated as Rauhi Fattouh; born 1949) is the former Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council and was the interim President of the Palestinian Authority, following the death of Yasser Arafat on 11 November 2004 until January 15, 2005. Under Palestinian law, he was to hold the post for sixty days until an election was held.[1] The elections were held and won by Mahmoud Abbas, who was sworn in on 15 January 2005.[2] He was elected to the Central Committee of Fatah in December 2016.[3]

روحي فتوح
Rawhi Fattuh
Interim President of the Palestinian National Authority
In office
November 11, 2004 – January 15, 2005
Preceded byYasser Arafat
Succeeded byMahmoud Abbas
Personal details
Born23 AUG 1948
Rafah, Gaza Strip
Political partyFatah


Fattuh was elected in 1996 as a representative to the Palestinian Legislative Council of the town of Rafah, (in the Gaza Strip), where he was born and has lived for most of his life. He served as secretary to the PLC until October 2003, when he became the Minister of Agriculture in the government of Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia.

In July 2004, Fatah nominated Fattuh as its candidate for Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council,[4] with 34 Fatah delegates voting in favour and 10 against.

In November 2004, Fattuh supported Ahmed Qurei, his predecessor as Speaker and former Prime Minister, to succeed Arafat as President.

Fattuh did not run in the 2006 legislative election and is no longer a member of the PLC.[2]


  1. ^ PNA interim chairman calls for elections preparations Archived 2015-10-23 at the Wayback Machine. Xinhua News Agency, 13 November 2004
  2. ^ a b Bio entry appears in the PASSIA (Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs) website, listed as FATTOUH, RAWHI Ahmed Mohammed (1949-) under "Personalities" at "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1998-12-03. Retrieved 2011-04-12.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Link checked 11 Apr 2011. PASSIA's entry is referenced by other online biographical sources.
  3. ^ WAFA, ed. (5 December 2016). "Fatah Congress elects Central Committee and Revolutionary Council members". Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  4. ^ No, Author; Staff, Europa Publications (February 8, 2007). The Europa World Year Book 2007. Routledge. ISBN 9781857434149 – via Google Books. {{cite book}}: |first1= has generic name (help)
Political offices
Preceded by President of the Palestinian Authority
2004 – 2005
Succeeded by
Preceded by Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council
10 March 2004 – 16 February 2006
Succeeded by