Children: Three sons Mazen (died in 2002), Yasser and Tareq
Education: Damascus University, B.A.; Oriental College (in Moscow), Ph.D.
Abbas laid floor tiles and taught elementary school before earning a law degree.
Was the primary force behind the Palestine National Council’s decision to work with Israeli peace groups.
He is also known as Abu Mazen. (Abu is a slang term to describe the head of a family or father of children.)
1959 – Founding member of the Palestinian National Liberation Movement (Fatah), which became the largest political group of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO).
1964 – Fatah joins the PLO.
1967 – Is appointed to Fatah’s Central Committee.
1968 – Joins the Palestinian National Council (PNC).
1980 – Is elected to the PLO’s Executive Committee.
September 1993 – Accompanies Arafat to the White House to sign the Oslo Accords, or the Declaration of Principles.
1995 – Signs the Interim Peace Agreement with Israel.
March 19, 2003 – Accepts the position of prime minister of the Palestinian Authority.
September 6, 2003 – Resigns as prime minister of the Palestinian Authority.
November 11, 2004 – Becomes the chairman of the PLO after Arafat’s death.
January 9, 2005 – Declares victory in Palestinian presidential elections.
May 26, 2005 – Meets with Bush; the first meeting with the Palestinian Authority in the White House since peace talks broke down in 2000. Bush pledges to give the Palestinian Authority $50 million in aid.
May 31, 2005 – Undergoes a successful, minor heart procedure in a hospital in Amman, Jordan.
June 14, 2007 – Dissolves the government and dismisses Haniya as prime minister. Haniya rejects this and remains the de facto leader in the Gaza Strip.
June 15, 2007 – Appoints economist Salam Fayyad as the new prime minister of an emergency Palestinian Cabinet.
November 27, 2007 – Attends the Annapolis Middle East Peace Conference, the first formal peace conference sponsored by the US since 2000. Top diplomats and representatives from dozens of countries and organizations also attend, hoping to restart stalled Middle East peace negotiations.
April 24, 2008 – Meets with Bush at the White House.
January 2009 – Extends his term in office until 2010, citing a clause in the constitution.
December 16, 2009 – The PLO’s Central Council votes to extend Abbas’s term as president indefinitely.
September 23, 2011 – Abbas submits a statehood application letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
January 3, 2013 – Abbas issues a decree renaming the organization the “State of Palestine.”
May 28, 2018 – Is released from the hospital after being treated for pneumonia.