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Hamas silent on Sisi's election

Hamas leaders and spokespeople have been instructed not to make any public statements concerning the election of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Egypt, to avoid aggravating the new president.
Egyptians celebrate after the swearing-in ceremony of President elect Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, in  front of the Presidential Palace in Cairo, June 8, 2014. Sisi promised to rule Egypt in an inclusive manner after he was sworn in as president on Sunday but gave no indication he would reconcile with the Muslim Brotherhood movement he removed from power nearly a year ago.   REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS) - RTR3SS6R

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Hamas has so far kept silent on the election of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who overthrew the movement's ally, former President Mohammed Morsi, last July. Hamas has refrained from issuing any press statements related to the elections, for fear this might have negative repercussions on its relations with Egypt, which have been strained since last year.

A well-informed source in Hamas said the movement’s political bureau issued strict instructions to all leaders and media spokespeople within the movement not to address the election of Sisi in any interview or public meeting.

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