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Palestinian president hospitalized for routine checkup

July 29, 2017 7:45 P.M. (Updated: July 29, 2017 7:45 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was briefly hospitalized for a routine medical checkup Saturday, according to presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rdeinah.

Abbas, 82, was reportedly underwent a cardiac catherization in October after suffering from heart pains, though government officials reassured that the president was in good health. He had similar procedures in 2008 and 2005 and underwent prostate surgery in the United States in 2001. 

Abbas, who has been the Palestinian president for more than a decade, has not yet appointed a successor in case his health deteriorates.

Meanwhile, critics have accused Abbas of refusing to relinquish his seat as president despite popular support for him to step down.

A recent public opinion poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research showed that 62 percent of the Palestinian public want president Abbas to resign -- 55 percent of people in the West Bank and 75 percent of people in the Gaza Strip.

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