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Amir Peretz to leave Labor, join Kadima

Ynet learns former Labor chief plans to vie for spot on Kadima roster ahead of next elections; hundreds of his supporters already made move

Former Labor party leader Amir Peretz plans to vie for a spot on Kadima's next Knesset roster, Ynet learned Thursday.


Many of the Knesset member's supporters have joined Kadima in recent months to act as infrastructure in the party for Peretz.


Sources close to Peretz confirmed that hundreds of Labor activists have left the party for Kadima.


Peretz's move to Kadima is another blow for Labor, whose members are deserting it one after the other. Minister Isaac Herzog recently threatened to "dismantle" the party, Chairman Ehud Barak considered firing Minister Avishay Braverman, and Deputy Minister Matan Vilnai announced that he would run for the chairmanship of the Jewish National Fund.


Officials in Kadima, which heads the opposition, claim that MK Eitan Cabel is also preparing to leave Labor and join Kadima.


Some officials fear the addition of Peretz and Cabel would force a number of Kadima MKs off the party roster for the next elections.


Cabel has denied reports of his move to Kadima, but senior party officials said the MKs associates have already submitted the necessary forms.


Earlier Thursday, Ynet reported that Bat Yam Mayor Shlomi Lahiani also plans to join Kadima.



פרסום ראשון: 01.13.11, 20:12
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