Tirosh challenges legality of primaries

Mofaz backer says vote was riddled with irregularities; Livni's staff head rejects accusations.

September 20, 2008 12:32
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The Kadima Party primary in which Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni defeated Shaul Mofaz were riddled with irregularities that bordered on crime, MK Ronit Tirosh, one of Mofaz's key supporters, alleged on Saturday morning. During an interview with Israel Radio, Tirosh challenged the legality of the primary results, which gave Livni only a 1.1 percent advantage over her main opponent, Mofaz. Furthermore, she claimed that certain MKs were present during the vote counting process on Wednesday night. Tirosh also accused Election Committee Chairman Dan Arbel of refusing to acknowledge complaints that were filed with the committee. Tirosh explained that no complaints were filed with police because Mofaz had announced his planned temporary departure from politics shortly after the results were published. MK Yohanan Plesner, the head of Livni's campaign staff, confirmed that he was in the room with Arbel at the time of the count, but added that this was entirely acceptable.

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