Ismail Haniyah

Haniyah is a senior political leader of Hamas and one of two disputed prime ministers of the Palestinian National Authority, a matter under political and legal dispute. After being dismissed by President Mahmoud Abbas, Haniyah continued to exercise prime ministerial authority in the Gaza Strip. Haniyah is a popular figure able to broaden the appeal of Hamas in Gazan politics. The latest bombardment of Gaza strengthened the popularity of Hamas, and especially Haniyah. Despite having his house blown up, he was still seen regularly leading prayers throughout the bombardment.

Birth: 23 January 1963 (Age: 55)

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