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Just 2 women among Likud’s top 20 as final primary votes counted

MK Miri Regev holds a phone to her ear in the Knesset in Jerusalem, on February 7, 2022 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
MK Miri Regev holds a phone to her ear in the Knesset in Jerusalem, on February 7, 2022 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Likud has finished tallying up all the votes from yesterday’s primary and the results are in.

Female candidates managed to grab just two of the first 20 spots on the party’s slate ahead of the November election.

Former minister Miri Regev will be No. 9 on the list and firebrand MK Galit Distel Atbaryan will be No. 20. It’s possible that another woman will be added to the upper part of the list when Likud chairman Benjamin Netanyahu announces the names of candidates who will be given reserved spots. One of those may be former Yamina MK Idit Silman.

One of the main ways the party brings in new energy is through 10 spots earmarked for new lawmakers, chosen on a regional basis. Six of these spots appear in the first 35, including Eliyahu Revivo (Judean Foothills), Nissim Vaturi (Galil and Valleys), Shalom Danino (Negev), Hanoch Milwidsky (Dan Region), Eli Dallal (Coastal Plain), and Ariel Kallner (Haifa).

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