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Analyst: New Hamas politburo chief still under discussion

Oct. 12, 2012 4:34 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 14, 2012 7:24 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- The top post in Hamas is still up for grabs as differences persist amongst the selection council, a political analyst told Ma'an on Friday.

The London-based Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper said last week that senior official Saleh al-Arouri had ruled out running for the politburo chief, but analyst Mustafa al-Sawaf dismissed the report as speculation.

Al-Arouri did not put himself forward and so cannot pull himself out, al-Sawaf told Ma'an.

Explaining the selection process, al-Sawaf said each regional Shura council nominates a candidate, and then the top Hamas Shura council selects the movement head, he explained.

He said the new leader had not been selected yet due to differences between the eligible candidates, and within the Shura Council.

Several issues will be taken into account during the selection process, including the geographical location of the candidate, al-Sawaf said.

Current politburo head, Khalid Mashaal, lives in exile in Qatar. He has ruled himself out of the running having served two terms.

Al-Sharq al-Awsat reported that Hamas prefers its leader to remain outside of the Palestinian territories, partly because most Palestinians are also living outside Palestine, and also because it affords them greater freedom of movement to work with regional supporters.

Arouri, who lives in Gaza, and Gaza premier Ismail Haniyeh are in the running, as is Mashaal's deputy Mousa Abu-Marzouq, who resides in Cairo, the report said.

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