Palestinians' Fayyad had heart attack in Texas, stable

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Posted: May 23, 2011 4:44 PM
Palestinians' Fayyad had heart attack in Texas, stable

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad suffered a heart attack while visiting the United States but is stable, a Palestinian government spokesman said on Monday.

Fayyad, an internationally respected former World Bank economist, was in Austin, Texas, where he was attending his son's university graduation, when he "felt a strong pain" on Sunday, spokesman Ghassan Khatib told Reuters from Ramallah.

Fayyad's future as prime minister has been up in the air following a reconciliation deal struck this month between the Fatah Palestinian faction that governs the West Bank and the Hamas Islamist faction that holds sway in the Gaza Strip.

Khatib said Fayyad underwent a catheterization on Monday and was now listed in stable condition at Seton Medical Center in Austin.

(Additional reporting by Ali Sawafta, Editing by Sandra Maler)