Likud MKs lobby for party primaries ahead of general election in March

Some Likud lawmakers are calling for party primaries to shake up Benjamin Netanyahu’s party slate ahead of the March elections, following the defection of several Likud members to Gideon Sa’ar’s new party, New Hope.

MKs Nir Barkat, Eli Cohen and Shlomo Karhi, express support for the move in interviews with Army Radio. Karhi says the internal vote is needed to “restore the trust of its voters,” while Cohen says a final decision will be made next week.

Sa’ar quit Likud earlier this month to form New Hope and challenge Netanyahu from the right in the upcoming vote. He was joined by Likud MKs Michal Shir and Sharren Haskel.