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A series of recent health scares have raised new concerns about octogenarian Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, reviving anxiety about a potentially chaotic, and even bloody, succession battle that is bound to further weaken the Palestinian cause. In the latest sign of Abbas' health troubles, officials and medical sources say a cardiologist has moved into the presidential compound in Ramallah to monitor the leader.Abbas, a heavy smoker with long-standing heart problems who turns 83 next week, insists he is fine.The topic of succession has been taboo in Palestinian official circles since Abbas took office 14 years ago. Abbas took over as a caretaker leader following the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in 2004, and was elected for what was supposed to be a five-year term the following year. It was rare for the globe-trotting Abbas to cancel a planned trip.A Palestinian official and two medical sources said a heart specialist is now present at the presidential compound whenever Abbas is there.A number of top officials in Abbas' Fatah Movement head the list of potential successors.For now, Abbas refuses to designate a successor.
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