Report: PM Will Announce New Elections Sunday (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 05/01/12)
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is expected to announce early
elections at Likud´s scheduled faction meeting on Sunday.
According to sources within the Likud, September 4 is being discussed
as Election Day. In such a case, the Likud would hold primaries to
establish its party list in mid-June.
Netanyahu recently won the Likud election for party leadership,
securing himself the top spot on the list.
The report was foreshadowed by remarks made by Knesset Speaker Reuven
Rivlin (Likud) during the opening of the spring term of the 18th
“This seems to be the last session of the current Knesset since the
entire country, opposition and coalition, agrees that the Knesset
should go for elections, so that the next Knesset will be able to
decide on issues that are not simple in the life of our nation,”
“The argument is only about when to hold an election,” he added,
noting that the summer session, which will signal the end of the
current government, may end early.
“Once a bill by one of the MKs or the Knesset factions to disperse
the Knesset is passed, an election date will be set and the Knesset
will go on an election break,” Rivlin said.
A Smith Research poll late last week indicated that Likud would win
more than twice as many seats than any other party if the general
election is pushed forward from its current 22 October 2013 date.
According to the poll, Likud would win 31 seats, Yisrael Beitenu and
Labor 15 each, Kadima with 13, Yair Lapid’s new Atid Party 11, Shas
8, United Torah Judaism 6, National Union 4, and Jewish Home and
Meretz 3 each.
The three Arab parties would win a combined 11 seats.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/01/12)
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