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New Labor leader says party leaving coalition, orders its ministers to resign

Labor party MK Merav Michaeli at a cultural event in Kfar Saba, February 2, 2019. (Flash90)
Labor party MK Merav Michaeli at a cultural event in Kfar Saba, February 2, 2019. (Flash90)

The Labor Party’s new leader Merav Michaeli announces the party is departing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition, telling the party’s previous leader Economy Minister Amir Peretz and Welfare Minister Itzik Shmuli that they both must immediately resign their ministerial posts.

“The Labor Party is restarting,” says Michaeli, who opposed Labor’s decision to join the coalition in the first place. “The party will leave the worst and most corrupt government in Israel’s history.”

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