Amwal Al Ghad English - 2013-04-02 09:10:54
Veteran Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal was re-elected as head of the Islamic terrorist movement after a meeting in Cairo late on Monday.
There had been speculation that Meshaal, 56, who is based in exile, would be forced aside by the movement's leaders in the Gaza Strip, which it has controlled since 2007.
Meshaal himself had said last year that he would not seek a new term. While the Hamas leader was originally based in Damascus, he is now staying mainly in Doha, Qatar.
But a Hamas official said that the party's governing shura council re-elected him for another four years at a meeting in Cairo late on Monday.
"The leaders of Hamas chose Meshaal," the high-ranking official told the AFP news agency via telephone from the Egyptian capital, requesting anonymity.
"The elections take place in total secrecy, but it's widely known that Meshaal's term will be renewed," said another Hamas official, also speaking on condition of anonymity. More»