Kadima MKs say Ramon trying to split party (JERUSALEM POST) By GIL HOFFMAN 05/11/12)
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Recently fired Kadima council chairman Haim Ramon is encouraging
rebellious Knesset members in Kadima to break off from the party, MKs
in the party’s faction said on Thursday.
The MKs added that Ramon, who helped to found Kadima, said he wanted
to instigate what he called “a second political big bang.” They said
Ramon, who supported Tzipi Livni in the Kadima leadership election on
March 27, is in touch with her and she is aware of his efforts.
A spokesman for Livni said that she is not involved in any attempts
A mini-rebellion in the Kadima faction continued to gain steam on
Five Kadima MKs have said they want to break off from the party, but
legally they need seven to split.
The rebels expressed confidence that not only would they eventually
draft two more MKs, they would obtain the nine MKs needed to be the
largest opposition faction and to replace Labor chairwoman Shelly
Yacimovich as opposition leader.
Former MK Omri Sharon, the son of Kadima’s founder, former prime
minister Ariel Sharon, criticized new Kadima chairman Shaul Mofaz on
Thursday for bringing the party into Prime Minister Binyamin
Sharon said he would continue to support the party, unlike Ramon, who
quit Kadima on Wednesday.
But he added that going to early elections would be better for the
“I would prefer replacing the bad government we have today,” Sharon
said in closed conversations.
Yisrael Maimon, who was Ariel Sharon’s cabinet secretary, also
criticized the move, saying that Kadima needs to differentiate itself
from the Likud. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 05/11/12)
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