Palestinian chief in good well being after examine up in Germany

Mahmoud Abbas is ready to return to the West Financial institution on Thursday forward of the primary Palestinian election held in 15 years.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is in good well being and is ready to return to the occupied West Financial institution on Thursday following a medical examine overseas lower than two months earlier than anticipated Palestinian elections.

The information got here from the presidential workplace on Wednesday because the 85-year-old chief flew to Germany on Monday for a routine medical examination.

Abbas attended public occasions in current days and there was no indication he was ailing. He additionally obtained the primary cargo of a coronavirus vaccine final month.

Nonetheless, the longtime Palestinian chief is a heavy smoker with a historical past of coronary heart issues. In 2018, he was additionally admitted to hospital with pneumonia, whereas he was handled in america throughout a visit to handle the United Nations Safety Council throughout the identical yr.

Elections upcoming

Abbas’s medical examine comes weeks earlier than the primary Palestinian polls in 15 years are set to happen. Legislative elections are scheduled for Could 22, with a presidential vote set for July 31.

The Palestinians haven’t held a vote since 2006, when the Hamas group received a landslide victory in parliamentary elections. A yr later, Hamas eliminated Abbas’s Fatah social gathering’s forces from the Gaza Strip, leaving Abbas answerable for Palestinian areas within the West Financial institution.

Abbas, who was elected president of the Palestinian Authority following the demise of Yasser Arafat in 2004, has not but declared whether or not he intends to run once more.

Hamas representatives arrive to register their listing for the upcoming parliamentary elections in Ramallah [File: Ali Sawafta/Reuters]

His official mandate ran out in 2009 however he has been ruling by decree since then. He has by no means chosen a successor and a number of other senior members of Fatah are believed to be eyeing the place.

The secular Fatah social gathering, which controls the West Financial institution, is going through inner challenges from dissident factions, together with the Freedom Record, led by Nasser al-Qudwa, a nephew of the late Arafat.

Freedom has been endorsed by Marwan Barghouti, a preferred chief who’s serving a number of life sentences in Israel on the cost of organising lethal assaults in the course of the second Palestinian Intifada (rebellion) throughout 2000-05.

Abbas’s former Gaza safety chief, Mohammed Dahlan, who’s presently in exile in Abu Dhabi, can be backing a listing of challengers.

Former Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, an ex-World Financial institution official with a monitor file of combating corruption, is supporting his personal group.

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