Report: Hamas to Elect New Gaza Chief This Week

Hamas’ chief in Gaza Yahya Al-Sinwar. (Photo: Video Grab)

Hamas will this week elect the head of their Gaza political branch — the group’s de facto leader in the Palestinian enclave, Hamas sources told AFP on Tuesday.

The powerful position is currently held by Yahya Sinwar, a former commander of Hamas’ military branch who served more than two decades in an Israeli prison before being released in 2011 as part of a prisoner exchange.

Sinwar is one of five candidates contesting the election, along with Nizar Awadallah, the former head of Hamas’ advisory Shura Council.

Hamas sources, who requested anonymity, said the vote would be held “this week” and the result announced “next week”.

Sinwar was elected to the post in 2017.

The poll comes ahead of the May 22 Palestinian legislative elections, the first Palestinian vote in 15 years.

(The New Arab, PC, Social Media)

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