WASHINGTON - Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad suffered a heart attack while visiting the United States but is stable, a Palestinian government spokesman said on Monday.

Fayyad was in Austin, Texas, where he was attending his son's university graduation, when he "felt a strong pain" on Sunday, spokesman Ghassan Khatib told Reuters from Ramallah.

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Khatib said Fayyad underwent a catheterization on Monday and was now listed in stable condition at Seton Medical Center in Austin.

Fayyad's future as prime minister has been up in the air following a reconciliation deal struck this month between the Fatah Palestinian faction that governs the West Bank and the Hamas Islamist faction that holds sway in the Gaza Strip.

Egyptian daily Al-Ahram's website reported on Wednesday that Fayyad has been ruled out as a candidate for the premiership of the forthcoming transitional Palestinian unity government.

Both Fatah and Hamas had initially put forth four names each as possible candidates to lead the new government but the list was subsequently reduced and Fatah was no longer suggesting Fayyad for the position, according to the report.

Jpost.com Staff contributed to this report.

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