Hadash party reelects Barakeh as chairman
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Hadash party reelects Barakeh as chairman

Non-Zionist Arab-Jewish socialist party's leader to step down in two years to make room for those lower down

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

Hadash party leader Mohammad Barakeh (right) and MK Masoud Ganaim in April, 2012. (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Hadash party leader Mohammad Barakeh (right) and MK Masoud Ganaim in April, 2012. (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Left-wing Hadash party members on Saturday reelected Mohammad Barakeh as leader during a party convention in the northern town of Shfaram.

The 850 Jewish and Arab members of the non-Zionist socialist party voted in favor of Hana Sweid for the second place on the party list and Dov Hanin for the third slot. Afu Agbaria took the fourth and likely last spot on the party list. Hadash — a Hebrew acronom for Democratic Front for Peace and Equality — currently holds four seats in the Knesset.

Barakeh and Sweid announced following their election to the top two seats in the party that they would quit the Knesset in two years’ time and give the seats to those in spots five and six beneath them in the list.

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