Ramon: Lapid or Livni should lead new centrist party

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
July 3, 2012 20:38

 
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A new centrist party must be formed ahead of the next election, and it must be headed by either former Kadima leader Tzipi Livni or Yesh Atid Party leader Yair Lapid, former Kadima council chairman Haim Ramon said Tuesday.

Ramon has been saying that a new party must be formed, since he quit Kadima on May 10 following Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz's decision to take the party into a national-unity government. Tuesday he revealed that he is actively working on forming the new party and that he believes a poll must be taken to see whether the public prefers that it be led by Livni or Lapid.

"There is an alternative that must replace Netanyahu," Ramon said in an interview with Army Radio. "Mofaz proved that he cannot be an alternative to Netanyahu. There are too many leaders who want to be a minister in Netanyahu's next government rather than replace him."

Ramon called Opposition Leader Shelly Yechimovich an "accomplice of Netanyahu." Just as Livni did two weeks ago, Ramon predicted that Kadima would disappear in the next election.

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