Hamas leaders meet in Cairo in search of potential Meshaal replacement

Published April 1st, 2013 - 07:18 GMT
Khaled Meshaal on first-ever Gaza visit (Photo: Marco Longari / AFP)
Khaled Meshaal on first-ever Gaza visit (Photo: Marco Longari / AFP)

Leaders of Palestinian movement Hamasare meeting in Cairo on Monday to elect a new political office chief, with Prime Minister of the Palestinian government in Gaza Ismael Haniya expected to win.

Hamas Political Office Chief Khalid Meshaal, who lives in exile, has joined the race despite previous reports that he would not run for reelection.

The Islamist movement holds elections every four years in which senior executives from the Gaza, the West Bank and the diaspora participate.

Egypt’s state news agency reported that Haniya has met with Egypt’s intelligence chief to discuss Palestinian reconciliation and the cease-fire between the militant group and Israel. 

Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi mediated a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel last year.

Relations between Egypt and Hamas are also high on the agenda. Hamas, a Palestinian offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood - the group from which Morsi hails - has come under attack by some in Egypt who accuse it of harboring militants that operate in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.

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