Balad blocks deal with Meretz to save left-wing votes

March 7, 2015 20:01


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A deal that could have prevented tens of thousands of left-wing votes from being wasted and as many as two mandates from being thrown away was blocked Friday by the Balad party in a major blow to Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog.

Herzog's Labor Party signed a vote sharing agreement at the start of the campaign with Meretz to give spare votes beyond the mandates they won to whichever party was closer to an additional seat in the Knesset. Without such a deal, the spare votes are thrown away.

But when Hatnua joined with Labor to form the Zionist Union and Kulanu signed a vote sharing agreemen with Yisrael Beytenu, there was no party that would sign with Yesh Atid. In the past, two of the Arab parties would sign a deal with each other, but now they decided to run together on the Joint (Arab) List.

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