The Palestinian Hamas movement announced Saturday it had chosen its former Gaza prime minister Ismail Haniyeh as the group's new political chief.
His modest home in the narrow alleys of Gaza City's Shati refugee camp next to the Mediterranean Sea is under constant guard.
According to Ma'an, the move does not include import and export taxes collected by Israel on behalf of the PA in Ramallah; the taxes on real estate rented for the PA, PLO and any other local or global body; and companies which are based in the Gaza Strip but also work in the West Bank.
Abdul Salam Haniya died when Haniya was a small child. Meshaal has been living in exile in Qatar and once resided in Syria.
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Haniya was a talented student and a soccer player, earning his school education at United Nations-run schools.
After declaring itself an entirely independent organization with no affiliation with any parent organization such as the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas stated its intentions to mend ties with Cairo, as they both suffer from the presence of radical movements.More news: Iraq PM: No US combat troops to stay in Iraq after IS
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At this stage, the first fight broke out between students from Muslim Brotherhood backgrounds and the Fatah Party, established by the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
The Lebanese terror group Hezbollah purportedly blasted Hamas's recently issued policy document, which appears to accept a Palestinian state within the pre-1967 borders.
The intimation is that Hamas now accepts the State of Israel. Israeli officials had no immediate comment on the election. "The movement blesses this election which came in a consultative, democratic way that is homogenous with the lists and that shows the unity of the movement".
Haniya was appointed Prime Minister after the movement won the 2007 Palestinian elections beating rival Fatah.
Mkhaimar Abusada, a professor of political science at Gaza's al-Azhar University, said Haniyeh was a natural successor to Mashaal and represented "a continuation for the moderate line in Hamas".
He will replace Khaled Meshaal, who has been Hamas leader since 1996.
Founded in the 1980s in the wake of the Islamic revolution in Iran, a close ally, Islamic Jihad is the second force in the Gaza Strip and focused entirely on the armed struggle.