Khaled Meshaal re-elected as Hamas political chief

Ahram Online, AFP , Monday 1 Apr 2013

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal (Photo: Ahram)

Khaled Meshaal has been re-elected as the head of Palestinian resistance group Hamas' politburo for another four-year term, sources told Al-Ahram's Arabic-language news website on Monday evening.

The vote, held by members of the group's Shura Council, took place at a Cairo hotel.

In advance of the election, there had been some speculation that Meshaal – who has long been based outside the Gaza Strip – would be forced aside by the movement's Gaza-based leaders.

Al-Ahram, however, cited sources close to the voting process who confirmed Meshaal's re-election.

Hamas has governed the Gaza Strip since mid-2007.

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