The Race to Replace Mahmoud Abbas | Foundation for Defense of Democracies

New Report Details Options for the U.S. to Shape Palestinian Succession after Mahmoud AbbasThe Palestinian national project is at a crossroads. Mahmoud Abbas—the aging president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), and leader of Fatah—is 10 years into a four-year term as PA president and shows no signs of stepping down. Not only has he consolidated his grip on power in Ramallah, he has made no clear move toward naming a successor or preparing for elections. A crisis is looming.