Official Kadima count shows Mofaz trounced Livni (JERUSALEM POST) By GIL HOFFMAN 03/29/12)
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Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman MK Shaul Mofaz
defeated MK Tzipi Livni in Tuesday’s Kadima leadership race by an
even larger percentage than early results indicated, according to
official numbers released by Kadima on Wednesday.
Mofaz received 24,780 votes, comprising 61.89 percent of the 40,399
votes cast. Livni received 14,857 votes, which was 37.11%. One
percent of the total, or 401 votes, were abstentions. The turnout was
Voting did not strictly follow socioeconomic and ethnic lines. While
it was expected that Mofaz would win in the Arab sector and in
development towns, he also won in Ashkenazi strongholds like Shoham
But it was the Arab sector that gave Mofaz his most convincing
victories. In the northern town Deir-el-Assad, where his supporter
Ahmed Dabah is a former mayor, Mofaz received 1121 votes and Livni
only 132. In the northern Arab city Shafaram, Mofaz received 361
votes and Livni just 15.
Livni easily defeated Mofaz in Tel Aviv, 799 to 313. She also beat
him in Beit Shemesh. Mofaz narrowly won Jerusalem.
When results started coming in indicating the extent of Mofaz’s
victory, Kadima MKs started streaming into the party’s Petah Tikva
headquarters. The MKs who supported Mofaz were exuberant in joy. Only
some of the MKs who backed Livni showed up.
During his victory speech at 2 a.m., Mofaz made a point of calling up
to the stage the MKs and party officials who supported Livni,
singling out the head of Kadima’s House Committee, former minister
“From tonight, Kadima is one,” Mofaz told the crowd. “Kadima, which
is the Knesset’s largest party, will lead the opposition and renew
the hope of a majority of Israel’s citizens for a different path.
Kadima is the guarantee that our hope is not lost and that for that
hope there is a clear political alternative.”
Mofaz vowed to do everything possible to bring down the government of
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, which he said had failed. He
called upon Livni to join him and the rest of Kadima in that effort.
“Tzipi, your place is with us,” he said.
Mofaz promised to work toward a new socioeconomic agenda, and to get
all Israelis to serve in the army. The latter comment caused several
haredim in the crowd to leave the room.
He vowed to do all he could to be worthy of the support he had been
given. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 03/29/12)
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