The militant group Hamas on Thursday appeared poised to name its candidate for Palestinian prime minister, while Israel's Defense Ministry drew up sanctions likely to be imposed after the new Palestinian parliament dominated by Hamas is sworn in on Saturday.
Hamas plans to nominate Ismail Haniya, viewed as one of its less radical leaders, for prime minister, The Associated Press reported, citing a Hamas official in Damascus. Mr. Haniya, speaking in Gaza City, told Reuters that no final decision had been made. But other Hamas officials, who did not want to be identified because the decision was not yet official, said they expected his nomination to be formalized on Friday or Saturday.
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