“Increasingly, there are quiet discussions among ordinary Palestinians as well as Israeli officials and foreign diplomats about who could be the next leader [of the Palestinian Authority].
It is expected that Hamas will nominate Ismail Haniyeh, who is poised to take over as head of the Islamist movement.
A Hamas spokesman, Hazem Qassem, insists that any future presidential contest “must be an affair for all Palestinians, not an internal Fatah issue.”
However, without political reconciliation, his group could well be sidelined.” [emphasis added]
Since it was reported in June that Khaled Masha’al would not be running again for the post of head of Hamas’ executive committee the BBC has not produced coverage of that topic even though – as we see above…
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