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Parliament speaker will succeed Arafat, Palestinian authorities confirm

[JURIST] The speaker of the Palestinian parliament, Rauhi Fattouh, will temporarily fill the post of president of the Palestinian Authority should Yasser Arafat die, Palestinian leaders confirmed Wednesday. Current Palestinian law (Article 54(2) of the Palestinian Basic Law) calls for the speaker to hold the position until elections can be held, but some officials were reportedly seeking to change it, arguing that Fattouh should not hold the position. However, Fatah and PLO officials decided against a change. Arafat remained in a coma Wednesday after suffering a brain hemorrhage, with aides beginning burial arrangements. AP has more.

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