President Abbas’s health causes concern among Palestinians

By Middle East Affairs

Mahmoud Abbas, the 83-year old Palestinian president hospital visiting following a surgery has caused worry, his demise would mean a bloody succession battle that would further fragment Palestine’s cause.

Hospitalized from a fever, days after ear surgery, Ahmad Tibi, an Arab lawmaker in Israel’s parliament said on Monday that President Abbas’s health has since improved and could be released as early as Tuesday.

“Abbas” who has a history of health issues, and is known to be a heavy-smoker, has also had a heart operation in the past. After a mysterious visit to a United States hospital following President Abbas’s U.N. address, a cardiologist moved into to the president’s residence in Ramallah.

he has insisted that his health is in fine order and has refused to appoint a successor but after a decade Palestinian officials in a mist of worry have begun speculations for his position.

The Palestinian President took the title after former President Yasser Arafat died in 2004, he was elected the following year for what was supposed to be a one-time five-year term but has remained in power for more than a decade since. A hotly contested power struggle between Hamas, who took control of Gaza in 2007 and President Abbas, the leader of the West Bank has prevented new elections from taking place.

 

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