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Hamas: Who’s calling the shots?

Hamas's leader is sticking around—thanks to Egypt

By Alan Johnson  

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Over the past 15 months, Khaled Meshaal twice announced that he would step down from his position at the head of Hamas. So how come, after the votes of the 60 Hamas officials gathered in Cairo for a Shura Council on Monday were counted, he was re-elected as overall leader? According to Hamas sources quoted in Haaretz, the result demonstrates that Egypt’s influence is growing and that “the Egyptians and senior Hamas officials had pressured…

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