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Livni expected to retire from politics
Sources close to former Kadima leader estimate Livni will soon announce her retirement from politics after losing primaries to Shaul Mofaz

"Tzipi, you belong with us," said Knesset Member Shaul Mofaz Tuesday night after winning the Kadima primaries. However, former Kadima Chairwoman Tzipi Livni does not intend to stay in the party for much longer.

 

The Kadima election committee said Tuesday night that Mofaz had won 61.7% of the votes and Livni 37.2%.

 

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Sources close to Livni estimated that the former party leader will soon announce her retirement from politics. "I'll see you sometime, somewhere," she told her supporters on Tuesday night after losing the vote.

 


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Mofaz celebrates victory in Petah Tikva (Photo: Yaron Brener)

 

"She realized it was over after she saw the results," a source close to Livni said. "She said she understood she had missed her calling."

 

Elected Kadima chairman Mofaz called on Livni to stay in the party and be part of its leadership, but it appears Livni is not even considering this option.

 

"If I'm not leading this thing, there's nothing to vote for," she was reported as saying. "I won't be there for the sake of being there."

 

Livni told reporters that she had called Mofaz and congratulated him on his victory. She refused to take any questions.

 

 

 

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