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Merav Michaeli reelected Labor party chief

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

Labor leader Merav Michaeli votes by phone in the Labor leadership primaries, at party headquarters in Tel Aviv, July 18, 2022. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
Labor leader Merav Michaeli votes by phone in the Labor leadership primaries, at party headquarters in Tel Aviv, July 18, 2022. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Merav Michaeli wins a second term as the Labor party leader, making her the first Labor chief in the party’s history to hold her seat in back-to-back leadership contests since the party began holding primaries in 1992.

Michaeli clinches the party’s top seat with 82 percent of the vote, with her challenger Labor Secretary General Eran Hermoni gaining 16% of the vote.

The remaining votes were abstentions.

About half of Labor’s 36,000 eligible registered party members voted in the election.

Labor’s primary for the remainder of its list will be held on August 9, in anticipation of the November 1 Knesset election

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