Who is the successor?
Gaza Post – Palestine
Palestinian leader and Fateh movement senior official, Jibril al-Rajoub, is likely to succeed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Shehab agency reported on Friday, citing Israeli news website WALLA.
The Israeli WALLA claimed that al-Rajoub's senior position as head of Palestinian Football Association and the close relation with Palestinian President qualify him to take Abbas' position.
Al-Rajoub is supported by several officials, including the head of Reform Party Mohammed Dahlan.
He has previously been named as a potential successor to Abbas, with a Spanish newspaper writing a year ago -when Abbas was admitted to hospital three times and concerns about his health began to circulate - that al-Rajoub was the preferred successor to the president.
Mahmoud Abbas has served as a Palestinian president since 2005 when he was endorsed by Fatah’s Revolutionary Council and elected by the Palestinian public to head the Palestinian Authority (PA).
It is not yet clear whether elections will be held to choose Al-Rajoub as Abbas’ successor, or whether he will simply be appointed to the role.