The Likud Court on Monday granted an appeal filed by Alali Adamso, who was elected to the No. 28 slot on the party's Knesset roster, and stated that his election was valid despite claims that he was ineligible for the bid.
The party primaries saw Adamso win one of the two slots reserved for representatives of the Russian and Ethiopian immigrant communities; however his election was challenged by two other candidates.
The two filed a petition with the Likud Elections Committee, asking it disqualifies Adamso on grounds of failing to meet the Likud Codex's criteria for running for the immigrant representative slot.
Initially, the committee granted the appeal and disqualified Adamso: "This is a difficult case, since even though Mr. Adamso received a large number of votes, which may be lost if he is disqualified, accepting his bid would be a deviation from the party code," it said in its ruling.
The decision sparked protest within the Ethiopian community, as several dozen Ethiopian protesters rallied outside the Likud Tel Aviv headquarters on Sunday, demanding the decision be overturned.
Adamso himself immediately announced he would appeal the decision. The Likud Court granted his appeal and overturned the committee's decision.