Israeli elections

Kadima joins Netanyahu's Likud in Israeli government

By Jennifer Lipman, May 8, 2012

Plans for early elections to Israel's Knesset have been cancelled after the Prime Minister announced that his Likud Party had formed a coalition with its main opposition party.

It was revealed early on Tuesday morning that Likud would bring the Kadima Party into government.

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Israeli general election set for September

By Jennifer Lipman, May 3, 2012

Israeli is to go the polls for a national election in September, more than a year before a vote was due to take place.

Following speculation earlier this week that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was due to announce an earlier date, the election has now been scheduled for September 4.

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Livni concedes after Mofaz wins landslide in Kadima primary

By Jennifer Lipman, March 28, 2012

Tzipi Livni has lost her party's primary race and will be replaced by Shaul Mofaz as Kadima leader.

Mr Mofaz, a former army chief, won 62 per cent of the votes and will be in place to contest the Israeli general election in October 2013.

Ms Livni's defeat comes after she faced heavy criticism for her record as Opposition leader, despite Kadima's large proportion of Knesset seats.

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Israeli journalist Yair Lapid planning political run

By Jennifer Lipman, January 9, 2012

A prominent Israeli journalist and broadcaster has decided to enter the political fray.

Yair Lapid, whose political aspirations have long been the subject of speculation, announced on Sunday that he was planning to embark "on a new path".

The 48-year-old told his Facebook fans that he was "doing something that he believed in.

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Female journalist elected as new leader of Israel's Labour party

By Jennifer Lipman, September 22, 2011

A former journalist and television presenter has been chosen as the next leader of Israel's Labour party.

Shelly Yachimovich triumphed over former Defence Minister Amir Peretz on Wednesday with 54 percent of the vote.

Ms Yachimovich, 51, has been in politics for just six years and before that hosted various current affairs programmes.

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Revival tough with old failures in mix

By Uri Dromi, September 15, 2011

I served under Rabin and Peres when Labour was in power, between 1992-96, still mustering more than 40 seats in the Knesset.

Then the long decline started. The party lost its direction, its soul, its constituency. Rabin, who believed that the ideological settlements in Judea and Samaria were a danger to Israel, was assassinated. Ehud Barak was kicked out of power in record time.

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Fiery election hints at a new beginning

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 15, 2011

Labour party members will go back to the polls next Wednesday after none of the four leadership candidates gained the 40 per cent of votes necessary to win Monday's primaries.

For the party that founded Israel and governed it for its first three decades, the choice will be between two avowed social-democrats, Shelly Yachimovich and Amir Peretz, who emerged from this week's vote almost on level

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Labour leader vote goes to second round

By Jennifer Lipman, September 13, 2011

A run-off will be held after no candidate won sufficient votes in Israel's Labour party leadership elections.

The votes are still being counted but according to a party official no candidate reached the required 40 per cent mark,

The two leading candidates will compete in another round of voting by party members on September 21.

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Netanyahu pledges reform as house rallies multiply

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 28, 2011

The housing protests in Israel intensified this week with hundreds more tents popping up around the country, a mass rally in Tel Aviv and protestors blocking main roads.

The protests are worrying the Likud.

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On this day: Barak beats Bibi

By Jennifer Lipman, May 17, 2011

Twelve years later, two of Israel's longest-serving statesmen are still at it, with Binyamin Netanyahu as Prime Minister and Ehud Barak his coalition partner and Defence Minister, now of the new Independence Party.

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