PA official Salam Fayad released from hospital


NEW YORK (JTA) — Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad was released from a Texas hospital, where he had been admitted with chest pains.

Fayyad, 59, was released Tuesday afternoon from the Seton Medical Center in Austin two days after undergoing a heart catheterization to open a blocked artery. He did not suffer a heart attack, as was reported earlier.

Fayyad, reportedly a heavy smoker, was in Texas for his son’s college graduation.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his speech to Congress on Tuesday morning wished Fayyad a speedy recovery.

An American-educated economist, Fayyad has enjoyed good relations with the United States and other Western countries.

The Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram, citing unnamed sources, reported last week that Fayyad will not be allowed to stay on as prime minister in a new Palestinian unity government. There have been reports that he could serve in the next government as finance minister, a post he had held in previous Palestinian governments.

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