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Michaeli votes in Labor primaries, expected to retain party leadership

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

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

Labor leader Merav Michaeli votes in her party’s leadership primaries, demonstrating the party’s cellphone voting technology in order to cast a vote for herself to continue in the role.

Michaeli is highly favored in today’s contest, competing only against Labor Secretary General Eran Hermoni.

After voting, Michaeli tells The Times of Israel that her party will look for new voting audiences, to bump up the center-left before the upcoming general election.

“Now that we have time” in the 106 days remaining until Israelis go to the polls on November 1, Michaeli says Labor will pursue new avenues for support.

Currently, Michaeli has been spending airtime to differentiate her party from its erstwhile left-wing partner, Meretz, and trying to move into the center dominated by Yesh Atid and Blue and White.

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