Hamas held secret internal elections last week

Hamas held secret internal elections last week

Gaza : Palestine | Apr 16, 2012 at 12:51 PM PDT
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Exiled Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal called for reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah

Well-informed sources in the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas have said on Monday that Hamas' internal elections were held in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas’ internal elections were supposed to take place in June of last year, but they were postponed to April 2012, informed source said.

Hamas official denied that there had been any clashes over the process but he confirmed that the results of the internal elections remain secret as usual.

Hamas was founded in 1987 by Sheikh Amad Yasn, and its leadership comes from the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. In 2006 Hamas movement participated in the elections for the Palestinian Legislative Council and won a surprise victory over Fatah.

Hamas's political bureau consists of representatives of the movement in Gaza, West Bank and abroad while the Shura Council, comprises between 50 to 60 members, advisory body, nominates candidates to form the politburo, and those selected must accept their positions or provide acceptable reasons to refuse.

Earlier this year, Hamas officials touted Moussa Abu Marzouk, deputy head of the political bureau and Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh as possible successors, according to press reports.

According to information circulating within the movement, Khalid Meshaal could not stand again as he has served the party's limit of two terms in office, but with the procedures shrouded in secrecy, it was not possible to verify if such a bar restricted Meshaal's candidacy.

Mashaal indicated in January that he did not seek reselection as politburo chief.

If the Shura Council selects Khalid Meshaal to head the politburo, he will have to obey the decision if the council rejects his reasons to refuse the post, sources in Hamas said.

The makeup of the new politburo is unlikely to affect Hamas' reconciliation with the West Bank-based Fatah party, he added.

Meanwhile, in another issue related to Hamas leadership,the London-based al-Hayat newspaper said that Mustafa al-Leddawi, who served as a Hamas representative in Lebanon, Syria and Iran, was kidnapped in Damascus while driving his car Sunday night and taken to an unknown location.

On Feb,28th, Dr. Salah Al-Bardawil, a Hamas leader said that Hamas did not change its position toward Syria and as always does not interfere in the internal affairs of any Arab or Muslim country.

Hamas always stands with the people, not the regimes, but that does not mean holding a weapon to take part in military action against the regime, Al-Bardawil said.

Hamas is concerned over the loss of Syrian lives and calls for a halt to the bloodshed in Syria,Al-Bardawil added.

Another source close to Hamas confirmed that Hamas has been careful not to completely cut its ties with Syria despite the relocation of the leadership to other countries. There are still a few Hamas members in Damascus.

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Haniyeh, the Hamas leader in Gaza, talks with fellow Hamas leader Meshaal during their meeting in Doha
Haniyeh, the Hamas leader in Gaza, talks with fellow Hamas leader Meshaal during their meeting in Doha
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