MKs consider joining Livni if new party formed (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Moran Azulay Published: 05.01.12, 18:45)
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Following former Kadima head´s resignation from Knesset, her
supporters hope she´ll form new political movement. ´Our party will
be cut in half in next elections,´ they say, ´We want to survive´
A number of Knesset members from Kadima are considering the
possibility of resigning from the party to join a new political
movement headed by Tzipi Livni, Ynet has learned.
Livni, who headed Kadima until she lost to Shaul Mofaz in the recent
primaries, resigned from the Knesset on Tuesday. "With Mofaz at the
helm, it is almost certain we will split from the party," one of the
Kadima won 28 seats in the last Knesset elections, but a recent poll
showed it is expected to win only 11 in the next general elections,
meaning 17 of the party´s members may find themselves out of the next
A controversial law passed by the Knesset allows for seven lawmakers
from any one faction to break away from their party.
"Knesset members who supported Livni do not feel comfortable with
Mofaz and his associates. Most of them know they will not have a spot
in the next Knesset, so it is worthwhile for them to join Livni now,"
a Kadima member said.
"With her we have no idea what the future holds, but with (Mofaz) we
are almost certain to remain without a place in the next Knesset."
According to the MK, if polls show that Livni will win 10 seats in
the next elections, "we won´t have a problem organizing a splinter
group of seven lawmakers. People want to survive. Intense talks have
been held since her resignation this morning."
Another Kadima MK said a number of party members turned to Livni even
before she resigned and asked that she form a new political
movement. "She didn´t say she´d do it, but there are those who hope
she will," the lawmaker said. "The party is going to be cut in half
in the next elections." (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 05/01/12)
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