Israeli Labor Party To Decide Date For Key Convention Today

Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog in Jerusalem on February 10, 2016

The Jerusalem Post reports: Labor leader Isaac Herzog  (pictured) and the party’s secretary-general, MK Hilik Bar, will hold a crucial meeting on Monday to decide when to hold a convention that will kick off a race for the party chairmanship.

The party’s bylaws require a leadership primary to be held within 14 months of a general election, i.e. by May 17, 2016.

Labor’s institutions already decided to postpone the vote for at least three months but hold a convention this month to decide how to handle the race.

 While some lawmakers in the party such as Eitan Cabel and Amir Peretz want to delay the primary for as long as possible, Herzog’s main critics, MKs Shelly Yacimovich and Erel Margalit, could push for it to be held soon, in order to capitalize on the current criminal investigation against him.

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