Ismail Haniyeh is Hamas’s new leader
GAZA CITY: The Hamas Islamic militant movement that controls the Gaza Strip announced on Saturday it had chosen former Gaza prime minister Ismail Haniyeh as the group’s new political chief.
Haniyeh’s succession comes shortly after Gaza’s rulers unveiled a new, seemingly more pragmatic programme, aimed at ending the group’s international isolation.
Hamas is trying to rebrand itself as an Islamic national liberation movement, rather than a branch of the pan-Arab Muslim Brotherhood, which has been outlawed by Egypt.
It has also dropped language calling for Israel’s destruction, though it retains the goal of eventually “liberating” Palestine, which includes what is now Israel. AP