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Hamas holds secret elections, picks Prime Minister Haniyeh as head of Gaza politburo

Hamas´s prime minister in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh. Photograph Credit to Khaled Elfiqi EPA

Hamas recently held secret elections for the leadership of the organization’s Gaza political bureau, officials in the militant group told Haaretz. According to the officials, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh won the race by a significant margin.

The win in effect makes Haniyeh the Strip’s first recognized Hamas political leader since Israel’s assassination of Hamas’ former Gaza political chief Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi in 2004.

Speaking to Haaretz, Hamas officials said that the utterly covert elections were held less than two weeks ago, in which voters elected the 77 members of the group’s advisory council in Gaza, as well as the 15 members of the Strip’s Hamas politburo, Gaza’s most powerful political institution. READ MORE HERE