Kadima Primaries Slated for Mid-Sept.

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - It took 12 days of voting, but in the end, a majority of the Kadima party's 180-member council voted to change the constitution, paving the way for the party's first primaries in mid-September.

After the party's election committee chooses a date for the primaries, they will also set a mid-August deadline for potential candidates to announce their campaigns.

According to Jerusalem Post political correspondent Gil Hoffman, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert plans to hold off as long as possible before announcing that he's not planning to run for re-election.

"It took too long, but I'm happy that Olmert is finally on his way out," one Kadima member said. "I can only hope it's not too late to save the party and restore the public's faith in it and its leaders," he said.

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, one of several potential candidates, is glad enough council members recognized the party's need to elect a new chairperson.

Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz and Public Security Minister Avi Dichter also plan to run for party leadership.

The winner will be the party's candidate for prime minister in the next general elections.

Source: The Jerusalem Post






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