Israel: Meretz party holds primaries and will announce new leader by evening
The results are expected to be released around 11 p.m. Tuesday.
More than 18,000 members of the left-wing Meretz party are being called to the polls on Tuesday to draw up the list of the faction and appoint its leader for the next legislative elections which will take place on November 1.
With 39 polling stations set to be open across the country from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., the first results should be announced about an hour later. Party members will be able to choose the president and four other candidates of their choice.
The main competition is between former party leader Zehava Galon and lawmaker Yair Golan, who served as a general in the Israeli army.
“We are a party that sees all rights intertwined. We are not talking about ‘separating the Palestinians’, we are talking about negotiations and understanding, we are talking about defending all human rights for the whole world,” he said. said Zehava Galon, who led Meretz. from 2013 to 2019, said in an interview with Channel 12.
Yair Golan, for his part, regrets that the party is currently “elitist, closed, exclusive and bitter” centered on Tel Aviv, as he put it WallaNews. He advocates “separation of the Palestinians”, which he says should be the central banner around which the party rallies.
Meretz was previously led by Israeli Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz, who resigned as party leader after the government coalition collapsed. According to recent polls, Meretz is expected to win between five and six seats in the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, in the upcoming elections.
Earlier in August, Galon asked Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara to open a criminal investigation against former Israeli prime minister and opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu on suspicion of alleged corruption and breach of trust.