30 October 2004 -- The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) is holding today its first executive meeting without leader Yasser Arafat, who is undergoing emergency medical care in France.
Former Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmud Abbas is chairing the meeting at the Muqataa, Arafat's compound in Ramallah in the West Bank.
According to former Palestinian Minister Ziad Amr, the PLO's highest body will focus on ensuring that should Arafat die or become incapacitated, he will not leave a "constitutional void" behind him.
According to doctors at the military hospital outside Paris where Arafat is being treated, full results of medical tests are not expected for several days.
The 75-year-old leader arrived yesterday at the hospital amid speculation he is suffering from a severe blood disorder, possibly leukemia.