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Report: Abu Marzouq moves family to Cairo

Jan. 17, 2012 5:45 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 17, 2012 5:45 P.M.)
CAIRO (Ma'an) -- Egypt is allowing the family of the deputy Hamas politburo chief Mousa Abu Marzouq to reside permanently in Cairo, the Arabic-language daily Al-Hayat reported Tuesday.

According to a source quoted by the newspaper, Abu Marzouq arrived two weeks ahead of his family to arrange for an appropriate place to stay in east Cairo, moving from the unrest in Syria.

"His stay in the Syrian capital is no longer convenient for Hamas' leadership ... the movement's leadership wants to move families from Damascus to neighboring Arab states," Al-Hayat reported.

This way, the leaders can visit their families occasionally, it said.

The sources sold Al-Hayat that Cairo seems to have welcomed Abu Marzouq's stay while discouraging his political activity. The newspaper said his home does, however, include a separate flat for a private office.

On Monday a Hamas official told Ma'an on condition of anonymity that Abu Marzouq was likely to replace Khalid Mashaal as head of the party's politburo in upcoming internal elections.

Mashaal cannot run again as he has served the party's limit of two terms in office.

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