Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is in “good well being” following a “routine” medical examination in Germany, his workplace mentioned Wednesday.
“President Mahmoud Abbas has accomplished his beforehand scheduled medical examinations in Germany,” the Palestinian presidency mentioned. “The president is in good well being and can return to the homeland on Thursday.”
He’s anticipated to satisfy with German Chancellor Angela Merkel whereas in Berlin.
The 85-year-old Abbas is a heavy smoker and has had a number of well being scares, together with prostate most cancers. In February 2018, he traveled to Baltimore for a biopsy and different well being checks at Johns Hopkins College in Maryland. That very same 12 months he was hospitalized for pneumonia.
Amid the hypothesis over Abbas’ well being, Palestinians are gearing up for his or her first nationwide elections in 15 years. Palestinians dwelling within the West Financial institution, Gaza and Jerusalem are slated to go to the polls for legislative elections Could 22 and to solid their votes for president July 31.
Abbas has served as president since 2005, following Yasser Arafat’s loss of life the 12 months earlier than. He has dominated by decree since his four-year time period expired in 2009 and hasn’t chosen a successor.
The getting old politician hasn’t mentioned whether or not he’ll run for reelection this summer time, and numerous senior officers inside his Fatah celebration are ready within the wings to switch him. Marwan Barghouti, a former Fatah determine imprisoned by Israel for homicide, additionally introduced his personal checklist of candidates that can problem the official Fatah slate.
It’s nonetheless unclear whether or not the elections will even occur, however formal campaigning is ready to start April 30. PA officers this week dismissed issues that Abbas’ well being may influence the elections.
“So far as I do know, his well being situation is comparatively good,” an official instructed The Jerusalem Put up. “His go to to Germany won’t change plans to carry the elections.