Hamas elects Haniyeh as new political chief - spokesman | Reuters

GAZA The Palestinian movement Hamas elected Ismail Haniyeh to lead its political office on Saturday, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum told Reuters in Gaza.

Former deputy chief Haniyeh will replace Qatar-based veteran leader Khaled Meshaal, who is stepping down from the group just as it softened its stance toward Israel in a new policy document last week.

(Reporting By Nidal al-Mughrabi; Writing by Noah Browning; Editing by Keith Weir)

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Published Date: May 06, 2017 09:50 pm | Updated Date: May 06, 2017 09:50 pm

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