Mishal still a contender for Hamas leadership – Source
13/11/2012 By Ali El-Saleh
London, Asharq Al-Awsat - Contrary to recent reports that Khalid Mishal,
head of the Hamas movement’s Political Bureau, would not nominate himself
for a fifth term to the post he’s held since 1996, an informed Palestinian
source told Asharq Al-Awsat that Mishal's name is still on the table.
The source which spoke to Asharq Al-Awsat on the condition of anonymity
attributed this latest development to the direct involvement of Dr Muhmmad
Badi, general guide of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and the current
internal crisis the Hamas movement is going through, which thus far has
prevented the election of members of the Political Bureau and a Mishal
successor, who made public his desire not to nominate himself a year ago.
According to the source, Dr Badi personally asked Mishal to stop making
statements on his determination not to run, since nobody has been nominated
for the position. The Muslim Brotherhood’s general guide told Mishal that if
he continues making statements on the matter, he is not only harming
himself, but also the Hamas movement and the Muslim Brotherhood. Moreover,
Dr Badi asked Mishal to leave the issue to "the decision-makers" in the
movement (which is the General Shura Council) which is the highest authority
and the only body authorized to submit names for the chairmanship of the
bureau. The source added that Mishal has actually heeded to the advice of
the guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, and neither he, nor anyone associated
with him have made any statements recently.
The source also revealed that Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Than
raised the issue with Hamas’s Ismail Haniya, during his visit to the Gaza
Strip on 23 October, and asked him to keep Mishal.
Haniya, at the request of the general guide in Cairo, send a delegation
representing him led by, Political Bureau member Nizar Awadallah (who
negotiated the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit) along with
other officials. The source said that officials representing the general
guide met with them and told them that "Haniya is not suitable to be the
head of the Political Bureau since the post is larger than him, and that
[Musa] Abu-Marzuq is a point of contention. They asked them to search for
new solutions." The source said that this was the reason for the delay in
selecting a new head for the bureau.
Meanwhile, Hamas’s Ahmad Yusuf believes that the movement will select a new
leader by the end of this November, and thinks the person most likely to
occupy this post is Abu-Marzuq who had held the position in the past and was
forced to relinquish it. Yusuf described him as a leader who is qualified in
light of his position as the former and first head of the Political Bureau,
and in light of his international relations and the fact that he is in
charge of the national file, as well as his wisdom and deep vision. He added
that Abu-Marzuq is known to be the man of difficult tasks concerning the
work of Hamas leadership or the Islamic movement.