'New spirit.' Gal-On
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Meretz party electing new leader

MK Gal-On says under her leadership leftist party will no longer be just a 'boutique, north Tel Avivian movement'

Some 950 members of the Meretz party's central committee are expected to elect a new leader on Tuesday, casting a vote for one of three candidates: Knesset Member Zahava Gal-On, MK Ilan Gilon and newcomer Ori Ophir, who represents the party's younger supporters.


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A lone polling station at Tel Aviv's Exhibition Grounds will open at 4 pm. Party representatives will begin tallying the votes at 10 pm, and official results are expected to be published at around 10:45.


Gal-On said, "Under my leadership, Meretz will bring Israel's Left home and turn to new groups (within the Israeli public) – it will no longer be a boutique, north Tel Avivian faction. Meretz will translate last summer's social protest into political power. It will be a true social-democratic party that supports dividing the land (of Israel).


"I can bring back those who left Meretz and attract young, enthusiastic people to the party - in addition to academics, artists and cultural figures. Meretz's spirit should be anti-institutional, ideological, brave and determined," she said.


The leftist Meretz party was founded in 1992, and gained 12 Knesset seats at the height of its popularity. Currently only three party members represent the party in the Israeli parliament.




פרסום ראשון: 02.07.12, 13:34
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