Kadima Voting for Knesset List

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Kadima party, chaired by Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, is holding its first-ever primary Wednesday to elect a Knesset list.

Despite the problems with computerized voting that challenged the Labor and Likud party primaries, Kadima's 80,000 members will use touch screen computers.

While 95 polling stations will be open from 10:00 to 1:00 a.m., some analysts are predicting low turnout as voters choose among 75 candidates competing for a place.

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Only seven of the top 10 spots are open.

The first two places are reserved for Livni and Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz, who lost the party's leadership by one percentage point to Livni last September, after outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert resigned under a cloud of pending indictments on alleged corruption and bribery charges.

The tenth spot is reserved for an immigrant candidate. Livni has openly backed MK - member of Knesset - Marina Solodkin for tenth place on the Kadima list.

The list includes three more slots for immigrants -- 20, 29 and 30 -- and one slot -- 21 -- for a non-Jewish candidate, i.e., Druze or Arab.

Though polls show Likud leading by a comfortable margin, Livni had nothing good to say about the Likud list.

"The Likud's list was a terrible thing for the State of Israel, while Labor's list is actually nice, but cannot win an election," she said.

A spokesman for Likud responded to the criticism.

"Livni and Kadima are offering the public the same people who failed dismally on securing and economic issues," he said. "The Likud's team beats Kadima in every possible parameter," he said.

Sources: Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post

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