Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is in “good health” following a “routine” medical examination in Germany, his workplace stated Wednesday.
“President Mahmoud Abbas has completed his previously scheduled medical examinations in Germany,” the Palestinian presidency stated. “The president is in good health and will return to the homeland on Thursday.”
He is predicted 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 University in Maryland. That identical 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 living within the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem are slated to go to the polls for legislative elections May 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 growing old politician hasn’t stated whether or not he’ll run for reelection this summer season, and various senior officers inside his Fatah social gathering are ready within the wings to interchange 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 considerations that Abbas’ well being might impression the elections.
“As far as I know, his health condition is relatively good,” an official informed The Jerusalem Post. “His go to to Germany is not going to change plans to carry the elections.