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Labor MKs call for temporary collective leadership after Michaeli announces plan to quit

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a former political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

Labor leader Merav Michaeli, center, with Labor party MKs Gilad Kariv, second from right, and Naama Lazimi, left, after the results of the Labor party primaries were announced, in Tel Aviv, August 9, 2022. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
Labor leader Merav Michaeli, center, with Labor party MKs Gilad Kariv, second from right, and Naama Lazimi, left, after the results of the Labor party primaries were announced, in Tel Aviv, August 9, 2022. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Merav Michaeli did not inform her fellow Labor lawmakers that she was planning to resign the party leadership ahead of her announcement, say party sources, adding that the decision was not surprising.

Labor MK Gilad Kariv tells Army Radio her decision to step down was “a necessary step,” given his view that “we need a refresh of leadership on the left.”

A spokesperson for Kariv confirms that he and fellow Labor MKs Naama Lazimi and Efrat Rayten will ask that all decisions made in the next four months, leading up the newly announced Labor leadership primaries, should be taken collectively.

Kariv’s spokesperson adds that is unclear who will run for the leadership.

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