Palestinian president in hospital for minor ear procedure

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Posted: May 15, 2018 5:42 AM
Palestinian president in hospital for minor ear procedure

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian state news agency says the Palestinian president is in a hospital and set to undergo a minor ear operation.

The Wafa agency says Tuesday that President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to be discharged from the Ramallah hospital later in the day.

The 83-year-old Abbas has endured a series of recent health scares which have revived anxiety about a battle over who will succeed the Palestinian leader.

Abbas, a heavy smoker, has a long history of health issues, ranging from heart troubles to a bout with prostate cancer a decade ago. Last summer, he underwent a health checkup at a Ramallah hospital and separately dispelled rumors he had suffered a stroke.

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Abbas insists he is fine, but potential successors are quietly jockeying for position.