Hamas elects Haniyeh as new political chief: spokesman

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Posted: May 06, 2017 8:13 AM

GAZA (Reuters) - 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)