Mofaz boost in Kadima race
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A week ahead of the Kadima primaries on March 27, the centrist party is the scene of a head-to-head battle between party chairman and ex-foreign minister Tzipi Livni, and former defence minister Shaul Mofaz, who is vying to take the party reins from Ms Livni.
The primaries have also been shaken up by a decision made on Monday by the head of the party's election committee Judge Edna Beckenstein to remove from the Kadima party 450 people who are also members of the centre-left Labour party.
A spokesperson for Kadima said that the move was a routine procedure. Nonetheless, there has been speculation that it could benefit Mr Mofaz, who is seen as more hawkish than Ms Livni.