News Brief 1/21/2012, Tevet 26, 5772
Hamas Leader Khaled Mashaal to Step Down
Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal plans to leave his post, according to a statement released by the terrorist group, Hamas on Saturday. Mashaal informed the leadership body of Hamas, known as the Shura Council, that he did not wish be a candidate for the presidency of the organization. Hamas has asked him to reconsider his decision, according to the statement posted to a Hamas-run website. Mashaal told the council the decision was made for personal reasons but that he would continue to serve his people.