Livni downplays meeting with Mofaz

Kadima will not set a date for a leadership race in sit-down, Livni spokesman says.

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
December 22, 2011 03:39
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Kadima MK Shaul Mofaz

Shaul Mofaz 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Kadima leader Tzipi Livni and her chief rival in the party, MK Shaul Mofaz, will not set a date for a leadership race when they convene on Thursday, Livni’s spokesman said.

Mofaz will ask for the primary to be held as early as February for assurances that the race would be administered fairly, and for Livni to commit to staying in politics and in Kadima, even if she loses the race.

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But Livni’s associates downplayed the meeting, saying that she was convening with all 28 MKs in the party and would consider all their points of view equally before making a decision by herself based on what would be best for the party.

“There won’t be any drama in the meeting,” a Livni associate promised. “She will listen and respond just like she did with the other MKs.”

Sources close to Livni said the MKs in the faction were equally divided between those who wanted the primary held as soon as possible and those who want it later on, in order to avoid looking like Kadima was pushed into primaries by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu moving up the Likud race to January 31.

The meeting was supposed to be held Wednesday but it was delayed because Netanyahu requested a meeting with Livni.

Officials close to Netanyahu and Livni said they discussed diplomatic and security issues and not politics.

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