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MK Sami Abu Shehadeh retains role as Balad faction leader

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

Joint List MK Sami Abu Shehadeh during the swearing-in ceremony of the 24th Knesset in Jerusalem, April 6, 2021. (Alex Kolomoisky/Pool)
Joint List MK Sami Abu Shehadeh during the swearing-in ceremony of the 24th Knesset in Jerusalem, April 6, 2021. (Alex Kolomoisky/Pool)

MK Sami Abu Shehadeh retains his role as the leader of Balad, one of the three constituent parties in the Knesset’s Joint List faction, after a party panel re-elected him in a modified primary.

Abu Shehadeh stepped into his role in 2021, and is the only Balad lawmaker currently in the Knesset.

Considered a left-wing Arab party, Balad’s party platform supports molding Israel into a “state of all its citizens,” rather than a state with a deliberate Jewish character.

“We come out united behind elected leadership to continue on our path and to build a project for all citizens,” Abu Shehadeh tweeted, thanking the hundreds of participating voters for their efforts.

The remainder of the Balad list is not immediately available.

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