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Labor passes contentious motion letting Peretz reserve 2 candidates of his choice

The Labor Party Central Committee approves a motion to let chairman Amir Peretz reserve spots for two new candidates of his choice in the party’s top 10 in its slate for the upcoming election, a spokesman for Peretz says in a statement.

Labor MKs Itzik Shmuli (L) and Amir Peretz at the party’s headquarters in Tel Aviv on February 13, 2019. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

The move was bitterly opposed by Labor’s No. 2 Itzik Shmuli, who is expected to be bumped down the list of candidates and boycotted the discussion in protest.

The committee also decides to continue the partnership with Orly Levy-Abekasis’s Gesher party and to forego a primary vote for the party’s slate.

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