Tel Aviv court orders continued Histadrut vote count in blow to Yacimovich

May 25, 2017 13:24
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In a blow to the candidacy of Zionist Union MK Shelly Yacimovich, the Tel Aviv District Court ruled Thursday afternoon that the vote counting in the Histadrut leadership race must continue.

Late on Wednesday night, Tel Aviv District Court Judge Eitan Orenstein issued an injunction, stopping the vote count in the Histadrut leadership race due to allegations of forgeries and vote tampering.

Incumbent Histadrut labor federation chairman Avi Nissenkorn had previously claimed that he had clenched victory over rival Yacimovich in the race to lead Israel’s biggest union.

Yacimovich, however, did not concede defeat and filed an appeal, pointing to scores of alleged disturbances and irregularities in ballot stations, which her campaign called “systematic deception.” She asked the court for the restraining order. Yacimovich said she was gathering evidence to try to get the election canceled, calling it “the worst corruption in the history of the state.”

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