GAZA CITY: Hamas chooses Yahiya Sanwar as its new head for its Gaza-based political bureau, a hardlined member of its armed wing , on Monday.
Yahiya Sinwar was elected to head the Hamas political office in the Gaza Strip." said officials.
He has been sentenced to serve four life sentences in 1988 before being released in October 2011 under an agreement to exchange more than 1,000 Palestinian pisnors for the release of Gilad Shalit – an Istaili soldier captured five years earlier.
Sinwar established the movement's security and intelligence network, Majid in the early 1980's and was allegedly involved in recruiting for the wing.
He will succeed Ismail Haniya, who is seen by many observers as the most likely successor to Hamas''s current exiled leader Khaled Meshaal.
The Gaza strip has been controlled by Hamas for decades, has conducting internal elections for several months.
Last year, the Palestinian government postponed the the first muncipal polls in the occupied west Bank and Gaza Strip in 10 years after the high court ruled they should be held only in the Fatah-run West Bank.
Also , the last time when Palestinians staged elections in which both Hamas and Fatah took part was in 2006.