Mofaz: Livni's reign atop Kadima has ended

Candidate for leadership of opposition party slams Livni for damaging faction's standing, vows to defeat her in primary.

January 18, 2012 12:01
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Kadima MK Shaul Mofaz

Shaul Mofaz 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS)

Candidate for the leadership of Kadima MK Shaul Mofaz on Wednesday responded to party leader Tzipi Livni's decision to advance the faction's primaries to March 27, saying Livni had "finished her role as the leader of Kadima today."

Livni, who had resisted attempts by her rivals to advance the primaries, was forced to reconsider her position when journalist and anchorman Yair Lapid announced his intention to enter politics earlier this month, Mofaz said.

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Mofaz attacked Livni, saying her "stammering behavior" had caused "great damage" to the party.

The former defense minister expressed confidence that he would win Kadima's primary and replace Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu when the general election was held.

Labor Leader Shelly Yachimovich attacked Livni's assertion that she was the one who could topple Netanyahu, calling it "ridiculous" and "out of touch."

"Kadima is dangerous and conflicted, has no ideology and has come to the end of its political journey," she said. "The party never realized its goals, and is capitalist and anti-social."

"Labor remains a united governmental alternative, social democratic, for a fair economy, social justice and state responsibility for its citizens," she affirmed.     

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