Yahya Sinwar wins second term as Hamas’s Gaza leader

Hamas mouthpiece al-Resalah confirms that Yahya Sinwar has won a second term as the organization’s Gaza leader.

Three rounds of voting were reportedly conducted last night, with neither Sinwar nor his chief opponent Nizar Awadullah able to clinch victory. Sinwar received more than 50 percent of the vote in today’s voting, leading him to a second four-year term.

Sinwar, who first became notorious for his enthusiastic executions of Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel, rose to prominence in Hamas while serving a life sentence in Israeli prison.

He was released in 2011 during the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange between Hamas and Israel.

Yahya Sinwar, the top Hamas official in the Gaza Strip, in Gaza City, May 1, 2017. (Adel Hana/AP)