Shaul Mofaz announces Kadima is leaving the gov't 370 R.
(photo credit: Baz Ratner / Reuters)
Kadima chairman Shaul Mofaz officially changed hats from vice premier to
opposition leader at 7 p.m. on Thursday when his resignation from the cabinet
Labor chairwoman Shelly Yechimovich sent an official letter
of resignation as opposition leader to Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin earlier in
“Due to the changes in the coalition and Kadima’s return to the
opposition as its largest party, I am announcing the end of my tenure as
opposition leader,” Yechimovich wrote.
A Labor spokeswoman explained that
the letter was a formal step, meant to facilitate a smooth transition for
Mofaz’s decision to leave the government ended efforts by
lawmakers in the party’s left flank to draft the seven (out of 28) MKs necessary
by law to split the Kadima faction. Likud officials tried unsuccessfully to
persuade five rebellious Kadima MKs on the Left to collaborate with rightist MKs
Otniel Schneller and Yulia Shamolov Berkovich, who want to join the
Dovish Kadima MK Nino Abesadze denied a Channel 2 report claiming
that she had decided to run with Labor in the next election. She confirmed that
she did speak at a Labor event on Thursday, which was a “Hyde Park” forum
attended by socioeconomic activists affiliated with Labor and Kadima.
said at the event that I am an MK in Kadima,” Abesadze said. “As for the next
election, I have learned that in Israel you can’t plan anything more than 24
hours in advance.”