Ahmed Qurei, born in Abu Dis in 1938, was a member of the Palestinian National Council (PNC) and a member of the PLO’s Executive Committee (EC) until May 2018. In 2003, Qurei served as acting prime minister following Mahmoud Abbas’s resignation from that position. He remained in his post after Yasser Arafat’s death in 2004, until the 2006 legislative elections.
Qurei was a senior negotiator involved in the Oslo Accords and the Paris protocol on economic relations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Qurei worked in the financial sector until the late 1960s, when he started his political career with Fatah. He helped to establish and manage several PLO institutions, such as the Foreign Investment Branch, as well as various PA institutions, such as the Central Bureau of Statistics.
Qurei passed away in February 2023.