STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Hamas re-elects Ismail Haniyeh as supreme leader

Former Prime Minister of Palestine, Ismail Haniyeh served as Hamas' leader in the group's Gaza stronghold before being elected as head of the movement in 2017.

Published: 01st August 2021 06:59 PM  |   Last Updated: 01st August 2021 07:00 PM   |  A+A-

Hamas' Supreme leader Ismail Haniyeh

Hamas' Supreme leader Ismail Haniyeh (Photo | YouTube screengrab)

By Associated Press

GAZA CITY: The Islamic militant group Hamas on Sunday said it has re-elected Ismail Haniyeh as its supreme leader.

Haniyeh, who has been living in exile for the past two years, was given a new four-year term by the Shura Council, the Islamic group's top decision-making body.

He was unopposed.

Haniyeh is a former aid to Hamas' founder, Ahmed Yassin, who was assassinated in an Israeli airstrike in 2004.

He served as the Palestinian prime minister after Hamas won parliamentary elections in 2006 — a year before the Islamic militant group seized control of Gaza from the rival Fatah-led forces of President Mahmoud Abbas.

He served as Hamas' leader in the group's Gaza stronghold before being elected as head of the movement in 2017.

Haniyeh left Gaza in 2019 and has split his time between Turkey and Qatar.

He has not said whether he will return.

Hamas is an Islamic movement that seeks Israel's destruction.

Since taking control of Gaza in 2007, the group has fought four wars against Israel, most recently in May, and numerous smaller battles over the years.

The repeated fighting, combined with an Egyptian-Israeli blockade, has decimated Gaza's economy, with unemployment hovering around 50%.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp