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Hamas elects Haniyeh as new political chief


GAZA 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)

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