Livni Mofaz Knesset 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Opposition leader Tzipi Livni declined to commit to stay in politics and support
the winner of the Kadima leadership race if she loses, Livni’s rival, MK Shaul
Mofaz, said Thursday following a meeting with her.
Mofaz asked Livni and
other prospective candidates to make such a commitment after Livni said in a
recent interview that she cannot wait to end her political career.
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candidate must respect the decision of the voters and stand behind whoever is
elected to head the party in order to help defeat Netanyahu,” Mofaz said he told
Mofaz also asked for an independent arbiter to monitor the
election to ensure that it would be administered fairly. He said the primary
should be held as soon as possible in order to help the victor prepare properly
for a race against Netanyahu.
“There is no choice other than advancing
the primary,” Mofaz said following the meeting.
“Any other decision would
indicate that [Livni] is acting according to her own personal interest and not
for the good of the party. She must display responsibility and not run away from
making a decision.”
Livni said she would consult with all 28 Kadima MKs
before making a decision about when the primary should be held.
said publicly on many occasions that she has already decided to advance the
primary, which Kadima bylaws state should be held within three months of the
next general election that is currently set for October 2013.