Likud sets June 27 date for party convention

June 10, 2013 18:49

The Likud will hold its long awaited party convention on June 27, the party's director-general Gadi Arieli said Monday. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu pushed off the convention for several months until the Tel Aviv District Court ruled that it must be held by the end of the month.

At the event, Likud hawks are expected to take over control of the party's institutions. Deputy defense minister Danny Danon is considered the leading candidate for chairman of the powerful Likud central committee. Coalition chairman Yariv Levin said Monday that he was too busy working to pass the state budget to mount a serious campaign.

Deputy foreign minister Ze'ev Elkin and MK Tzipi Hotovely-Alon will vie for the chairmanship of the party's ideological bureau. Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz is expected to keep his job as head of the Likud secretariat that oversees the party's finances.

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