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Veteran Labor MK Shelly Yachimovich announces ‘time out’ from politics

Veteran Labor Party lawmaker MK Shelly Yachimovich says she’s taking “time out from politics” and will sit out the 22nd Knesset.

“I love the Knesset, but I’m tired of this too-long political season, which has grown poisonous,” she says on Twitter.

“It’s filled me with a feeling of despondency and fecklessness. I was once filled with the strength to get through these sorts of crises, but that’s not true today.”

Yachimovich, 59, a former Labor Party leader between 2011 and 2013, has been an outspoken voice for social-democratic economic policies.

She entered politics in 2005 after a successful career as a radio and television journalist.

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