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The Palestinians' political future could change this week. Here's why

The Palestinians' political future could change this week. Here's why

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ political party, Fatah, opens its first party congress in seven years on Tuesday amid swirling speculation about who will succeed the 81-year-old at the helm of the Palestinian Authority.

Some 1,400 Fatah delegates will gather at Abbas’ presidential compound in Ramallah for the five-day convention, with many coming from places outside the West Bank, including the Gaza Strip, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. 

One question looming over the conference is whether those delegates will select a deputy for Abbas, potentially giving that No. 2 a leg up in the running to become the next leader of the Palestinian Authority.

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