Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has underwent a heart procedure in Jordan. Although no problems were found, the debate over succession procedures in the PA was rekindeled. Under the Basic Law, the speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) is to serve as a caretaker president if a sitting president is incapacitated, until new elections are held. However, as the
parliament speaker is supposed to serve as a caretaker president if a sitting president is incapacitated, until new elections are held. But Abbas’ Fatah party is unlikely to cede control to the currnt PLC speaker, Aziz Dweik, is a Hamas member, and it seems unlikely that the president’s Fatah party would abide by this provision.
Read: USA Today, “Abbas surgery highlights lack of succession plan,” 2 May 2008,