Senior Hamas official Salah Bardawil confirmed that Hamas's leader in
exile Khaled Mashaal has decided not to run for re-election, but will
remain a member of the Islamist group, Palestinian new agency Ma'an
"When Mashaal said he was not seeking
re-election, a message was sent to him from the movement’s leaders
unanimously asking him to change his mind," Bardawil told Ma'an.
Earlier Sunday, political and diplomatic sources said that Mashaal is tired of policy challenges
from the Islamist group's Gaza-based leadership and is not seeking
re-election in a vote now underway.
Reuters contributed to this report