Shas officials: Neither Deri, Yishai to be party chairman

October 17, 2012 18:45


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Shas reached a compromise regarding leadership of the party on Wednesday evening, with the movement's spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef announcing co-leadership of the party.

Responsibilities are to be shared between current leader Eli Yishai and former leader Aryeh Deri, until the elections in January, Israel Radio reported.

The role of chairman is to be temporarily cancelled until after the elections. Following the elections in January Rabbi Ovadia Yosef will decide who will act as chairman.

Army Radio also reported that Eli Yishai will be first on the list, with Aryeh Deri placing second.

On Wednesday morning, Eli Yishai told Army Radio: "Anything the rabbi says, we are committed to do."

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