Netanyahu against changing Likud electoral system

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
May 27, 2015 16:28
Benjamin Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu . (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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In a meeting of his party's faction on Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called upon Likud MKs to maintain the current system of electing the parties candidates for the Knesset.

The Likud Central Committee will meet in three weeks to decide whether to change the system. In the current system, MKs are elected by the wider party membership. There are MKs in the Likud who want only the Likud Central Committee members to vote for MKs.

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"I think keeping the current system of primaries is best for the Likud," Netanyahu said.

"This system is not ideal but it is the best for several reasons."

Netanyahu's reasons included that the wider the voting body the better the choices there will be, and the harder it will be for the party to be painted by the negative image of the Central Committee. 

Several Likud MKs backed up the prime minister including coalition chairman Tzahi Hanegbi and Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely.

MK David Amsalem led the voices in favor of limiting the vote to Central Committee members.


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