Middle East

After Mahmoud Abbas, who will lead the Palestinians?

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meets with Palestinian leadership in the West Bank city of Ramallah August 26, 2014. Abbas, 79, says he will not stand in future elections, so it is only a matter of time before he passes the baton to a new leader, one whom the vast majority of Palestinians - 4.4 million in the West Bank and Gaza and nearly 7 million elsewhere around the world - hope will lead to the foundation of an independent Palestinian state. The problem is that Abbas has not named a succ





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