Former justice minister Tzipi Livni attends a session of parliament.
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Hatnua MK David Tsur informed his party leader Tzipi Livni on Tuesday that he will not seek a slot on the combined Labor-Hatnua list in the March 17 election.
Tsur told Livni that he supports the two parties running together and that he hopes other parties will join the bloc, but that he did not want to be on the list.
“I’m satisfied from the time that I served in the Knesset,” he said in a press release. “I will continue to be involved and serve the public in politics and in other ways."
Livni praised Tsur for his dedication and his service in the parliament. She said she looked forward to continue working with him in the future.
Livni will announce her candidates for the Knesset on Tuesday, following the return from abroad of MK Amram Mitzna, a source close to her said on Monday.
Livni has been keeping her list of candidates a secret since joining up with Labor two weeks ago. She has obtained for Hatnua the second, eighth, 16th, 21st, 24th and 25th slots on the Labor list.
All that is known is that the eighth slot will go to MK Amir Peretz and one of the slots to economist Manuel Trajtenberg.
MK Elazar Stern announced on Saturday night that he would not be running with Hatnua.
The fates of current Hatnua MKs Mitzna, Tsur and Meir Sheetrit remained unclear on Monday night.
A source in Hatnua confirmed a report that, unlike in the January 2013 election, Livni intends to include female candidates other than herself, a sign that at least one current Hatnua MK will not be on the list.