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Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz’s political adviser Rami Tiyeb won Thursday’s
election for the chairmanship of the Likud’s branch in Afula, the party
announced over the weekend.
Tiyeb’s opponents charged that he could not
legally run because he is a government employee. But legal officials ruled that
his government position was not high enough to bar him from holding a political
Afula was one of 14 Likud branches to elect a chairman on Thursday
in races that could decide who will run the cities for the foreseeable future.
The others were Beersheba, Ganei Tikva, Karnei Shomron, Kiryat Gat, Kiryat
Ekron, Ma’aleh Adumim, the Binyamin region, Merom HaGalil, Mevaseret Zion,
Migdal Ha’emek, Nazareth, Ra’anana and the Shomron region.
tax adviser Rachel Skat beat Ilan Cohen, who together with his late brother Uzi
held considerable power in the city for decades. The race divided immigrants
from English-speaking countries, who make up a large proportion of the city’s
residents and a smaller percentage of its Likud central committee
Natan Engelsman, who won the race in the Binyamin region, is
considered a power broker who signed up thousands of settlers to the Likud.