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    Khaled Meshaal has been re-elected as the political leader of the Palestinian militant movement Hamas for another four years, Egyptian media said citing sources close to the voting.

    CAIRO, April 2 (RIA Novosti) - Khaled Meshaal has been re-elected as the political leader of the Palestinian militant movement Hamas for another four years, Egyptian media said citing sources close to the voting.

    According to AhramOnline news website, the secret direct vote by members of the group's Shura Council took place at a Cairo hotel on Monday evening.

    There has been no official confirmation from Hamas so far.

    Meshaal, 56, was born in a village in the West Bank, but has long lived in exile. He has run Hamas since 1996, surviving an assassination attempt in 1997.

    Since 2007, Hamas has been in power in Gaza, while rival Palestinian faction Fatah holds sway in the West Bank.

    Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation deal to end their bitter four-year division in April 2011, but talks on the formation of a Palestinian unity government have stalled since then.

     

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