Tzipi Livni is abandoning the sinking of Kadima, Likud MK says (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Ophir Bar-Zohar 05/02/12)
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Tzipi Livni´s decision to resign from the Knesset represents another
sign that Kadima is on its way to an imminent demise, Likud MK Danny
Danon said on Tuesday, adding that the former party head was
deserting a "sinking ship."
Earlier Saturday, Livni submitted her resignation the Knesset Speaker
Reuven Rivlin, after which she said that her decision did not mean
that she would be retiring from public life.
Livni´s resignation came after she was handed a decisive loss in the
Kadima primary earlier this year at the hands of Shaul Mofaz.
In a statement released following her announcement, Danon said
that "Kadima´s end seems nearer than ever," calling it a "valueless
party which will soon find itself sinking."
Danon added that he expected other Kadima MKs to "follow Livni, who
abandoned a sinking ship," saying that, regardless, former Kadima
officials would "not have a place in the Likud."
However, Danon´s comments weren’t the only response to Livni´s
decision to step down, with Labor chairperson Shelly Yacimovich
saying she was "sorry that former Opposition Leader Tzipi Livni was
retiring from the Knesset."
"Livni is a worthy, decent person, who has acquired a great deal of
experience in the diplomatic sphere, and her absence in the Knesset
will be felt," Yacimovich added, saying she hoped "Livno will stay in
politics and continue to contribute."
In a statement released in response to Livni´s announcement, Kadima
issued a statement expressing "regrets at Tzipi Livni´s decision to
retire from the movement."
"Kadima member Tzipi Livni has a reserved place in the movement and
we hope she chooses to return to political activity in Kadima, as
soon as during the coming elections," the statement added. (©
Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 05/02/12)
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