FILE - In this file photo taken Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends a news conference after his meeting with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou in Athens. ... more 
FILE - In this file photo taken Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends a news conference after his meeting with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou in Athens. Washington's Mideast peace efforts are in trouble as it is, but an additional complication is often overlooked: should 76-year-old Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, a heavy smoker prone to threats of resignation, leave the political stage, there's no designated successor and no agreement on how to choose one. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Thanassis Stavrakis, File
Thu, Dec 9, 2010 2:49 PM EST