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Tzipi Livni Photo: Reuters
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Meir Sheetrit Photo: Ofer Amram
Meir Sheetrit Photo: Ofer Amram
 
  Photos: Ohad Zwigenberg, Ofer Amram, Haim Zach, Ido Erez

 

Livni secures 7 MKs to split Kadima

Former Minister Sheetrit joins six other Kadima lawmakers needed to provide Livni's new party with campaign funding

Yuval Karni
Published: 12.02.12, 13:23 / Israel News

Former Kadima Chairwoman Tzipi Livni has managed to secure the seven Knesset members needed to split from her previous party and join her new party, Hatnua, after former Minister Meir Sheetrit announced his intention to join Livni On Sunday.

 

The Knesset House Committee is expected to convene Monday to approve the split.

 

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Sheetrit spoke to Kadima Chairman Shaul Mofaz on Sunday and informed him of his decision to leave the party in favor of Livni's party.

 

Six Knesset members have already agreed to split from Kadima: Rachel Adatto, Majalli Whbee, Orit Zuaretz, Robert Tibayev, Shlomo Molla and Yoel Hasson.

 

Livni was in need of seven MKs in order to receive campaign funding rights.

 

Former State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss decided over the weekend to reject Livni's offer to join her party. Former Labor Chairman Amram Mitzna, on the other hand, accepted a similar offer.

 

Another party newcomer is Merav Cohen, a social activist and Jerusalem city council member. Cohen, founded the Hitorerut ("awakening") movement, which attempted to keep a young and working population in Jerusalem, waged city wide social campaigns and headed a local entrepreneurship with the attempt to foster the economy and community life.

 

Moran Azulay contributed to this report

 

Yuval Karni and Moran Azulay are Ynet and Yedioth Ahronoth correspondents

 

 

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