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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Mashaal re-elected as Hamas chief

Khaled Mashaal has been re-elected as leader of Hamas (AP)

Islamic militant group Hamas has re-elected Khaled Mashaal as its leader.

Mr Mashaal, 56, who has run the Palestinian movement since 1996 from exile, was seen as a favourite.

He is backed by regional powers Qatar, Turkey and Egypt. He is now based in Qatar.

His re-election could revive stalled reconciliation efforts between Hamas and political rival Mahmoud Abbas, the Western-backed Palestinian president.

The officials said the majority of the group's Shura council members voted for Mr Mashaal.

Press Association

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