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posted 09 October 2003 10:14 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
There has been a lot of speculation over the last couple of days about Arafat's health, and what will happen if he dies or becomes too ill to lead.

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posted 09 October 2003 04:02 PM      Profile for pogge   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
According to this article in Time Magazine, Arafat has stomach cancer.

[A]ccording to a source inside the compound, the recent working diagnosis is that Arafat is suffering from stomach cancer. Al-Jazeera TV reported Wednesday that two teams of doctors, one from Jordan and the other from Egypt, arrived in Ramallah Wednesday to treat Arafat. Abu Dhabi TV reported on Thursday that following their examination of the Palestinian leader, the Egyptian doctors "expressed concern" about the state of his health. Neither report specified his condition.


If Arafat's condition proves to be terminal, the Palestinians will be forced to answer the long-deferred question of succession, and the running debate in Washington and Jerusalem over the prospects for pursuing a peace agreement without the aging Arafat will have been settled. The question of Arafat's succession is complicated by the fact that his power derives from the three separate offices he holds: Palestinian Authority president, PLO chairman and leader of the Fatah movement. The PA constitution requires that if the president is incapacitated, his post would be temporarily filled by the Speaker of the Palestinian legislature. However, the Speaker's position is currently vacant, following Ahmed Qureia's resignation from it in order to become prime minister. Following Thursday’s meeting of the Palestinian legislature at which Arafat’s appointment of an emergency cabinet was rebuffed, Qureia reportedly signaled Arafat that he no longer wants the position.

Rather than a simple transfer of the mantle of power from one uncontested national leader to another, Arafat's passing would likely open a protracted period of power struggles and realignments in Palestinian politics — and it appears unlikely that all three of his positions would be filled by a single successor.

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posted 09 October 2003 04:12 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Ah, well.

It's hard for me not to read this personally. Of course these diagnoses are all speculative, except for the obvious symptoms of Parkinson's.

On the one hand, if someone suspects a tumor, the man should be in a hospital. On the other, if he doesn't want to move and they can keep him free of pain where he is, cancer might be a mercy. Isn't that an awful thing to think; and yet it's true.

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posted 09 October 2003 07:07 PM      Profile for Mycroft_     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Time is reporting that Arafat has stomach cancer.
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