Meet the most influential figures in the Jewish world
Livni likely to announce resignation from Knesset
ByJPOST.COM STAFF,
May 1, 2012 10:30
Rumors of early election left her little time to regroup within Kadima, likely leading to her decision to step down.
Former Kadima leader Tzipi Livni

Former Kadima leader Tzipi Livni_370. (photo credit:Nir Elias/Reuters)

Former opposition leader Tzipi Livni will meet with Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday afternoon, and will likely hand him a letter of resignation from her post in the Knesset.

The meeting is scheduled for 12:30 p.m., a statement from her office said.



Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.



Livni lost her leadership position in the Kadima Partylast month to Shaul Mofaz, and has since been silent about her political future. Rumors of an early general election came soon after he party loss, leaving her little time to regroup within Kadima - a factor that likely finalized her decision to step down.

Kadima MK Yohanan Plesner answered rumors of Livni's departure Tuesday morning, saying the former party chair will find a way to remain involved in the Kadima "even if not from the Knesset benches."

"I am sorry to hear about [Livni's] rumored resignation," Plesner said in a written statement. "I respect her decision and thank her for her great contributions to the establishment of the Kadima Party."

"Kadima is important to Livni," the Kadima MK opined. "I believe she will find a way to be a part of us even if not from the Knesset benches."

Labor Party leader Shelly Yacimovich also said she regretted Livni's decision, but encouraged the former Kadima chair to stay in politics.

Livni was a worthy and honest person with great political experience, Yacimovich said in a written statement.

Her lack in the Knesset will be felt, she said, adding that she hoped the former Kadima chair will remain active in political life.

Likud MK Danny Danon took a harsher tone over Livni's upcoming announcement, saying that there is no place for former Kadima members in the Likud Party. "[Kadima] will find itself sinking fast, and very soon we'll see MKs from Kadima going the way of Livni and abandoning the sinking ship, leaving it pair by pair," he said. "What is certain, is that there is no place in Likud for them."

On Monday, opposition leader and Kadima head Shaul Mofaz said that his party will be ready for elections "any day, any hour, any year," but added that he preferred date is October 16, as it is after the High Holy Days and Succot.

“No one should get too excited by polls – we are the only alternative to the Netanyahu government,” he said. “We will stand strong and determined.”
Relevant to your professional network? Please share on Linkedin

Tags:
  • Knesset
  • livni
  • Prev Article
    Abbas says he'll raise prisoners issue in UN
    PA President Mahmoud Abbas arrives in Tunisia
    PM Netanyahu, VP Silvan Shalom
    Vice PM opposes adding Barak to Likud list
    Next Article
    Share this article via
    from around the web
    Related Content
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
    August 31, 2014
    Prime minister to Channel 1: I’ll be running again in next election

    By Gil Stern Stern HOFFMAN

    Top Stories
    Israel Weather
    • 5 - 17
      Beer Sheva
      8 - 17
      Tel Aviv - Yafo
    • 7 - 15
      Jerusalem
      8 - 16
      Haifa
    • 10 - 23
      Elat
      7 - 18
      Tiberias