Mashaal re-elected as Hamas chief
Published 01/04/2013 | 20:47
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.