Hamas names Aziz Duaik for parliament speaker

The Hamas has named Abdel Aziz Duaik, a geography professor from the West Bank city of Hebron, as its candidate for parliament speaker, a Hamas official said. Duaik had served as spokesman for hundreds of Islamic insurgents deported by Israel to Lebanon more than a decade ago. He speaks fluent English. The Palestinian parliament, chosen in a January 25 election, will convene for the first time Saturday. Hamas controls a majority of 72 of 132 seats and can determine the new speaker. The Hamas candidate for deputy speaker is Ahmed Bahar of Gaza City, a prominent member of the group, said Hamas spokesman Khaled Suleiman.