Likud secretariat approves cancellation of party primaries

The Likud secretariat approves Netanyahu’s proposal to cancel the party’s primaries for the March 23 Knesset elections.

The party’s rules require that primaries for Likud’s electoral slate be held before every election. While there were primaries before the April 2019 elections, none were held ahead of the elections in September 2019 and March 2020, though there was a leadership primary before the latter.

The secretariat’s decision can be appealed to the party’s internal court.

The secretariat also grants six reserved spots on the electoral list for Netanyahu to pick candidates of his choosing.