Interim head of PLO to visit Arafat in Paris

3rd November 2004, Comments 0 comments

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov 3 (AFP) - Former Palestinian prime minister Mahmud Abbas is to fly to Paris later on Wednesday to visit ailing leader Yasser Arafat who is undergoing tests in a French hospital for a blood disorder.

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov 3 (AFP) - Former Palestinian prime minister Mahmud Abbas is to fly to Paris later on Wednesday to visit ailing leader Yasser Arafat who is undergoing tests in a French hospital for a blood disorder.

Abbas, who is also known as Abu Mazen, was to fly to Paris after the funeral of UAE President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahayan in Abu Dhabi, a Palestinian official told AFP.

The former premier has temporarily taken control of both the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and Arafat's dominant Fatah faction during the veteran leader's absence.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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