Mahmoud Abbas
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The Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar reported that the condition of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has deteriorated to such an extent that he may not be able to continue to fulfill his duties.

Sources in the Fatah party told the newspaper that the PA chairman was supposed to undergo comprehensive tests at a hospital, but due to his weakness, the doctors were summoned to the presidential palace to conduct the tests and noted that he had recently undergone urgent medical treatment in Jordan.

"Recently, the heads of the movement's central committee examined medical reports on his health condition, and actually began to prepare for the next stage of the fight to replace Abu Mazen," said a senior official in the Fatah organization.

Abbas, 88, is in the 19th year of a four-year term as President of the PA. He has refused to hold elections for nearly 20 years and has not yet named a successor.