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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The 1,000 members of the Meretz council will vote for the party's Knesset list for the February 10 general election on Sunday between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds.
Council members will be asked to rank the 22 candidates running for the Knesset. The list's third, fifth, eighth and 10th slots are reserved for women.
The top candidates include current MKs Zehava Gal-On, Avshalom Vilan and Tzvia Greenfield, former MKs Ilan Gilon and Mossy Raz, and new candidates such as Young Meretz head Uri Zaki, handicapped activist Yoav Kreim and human rights lawyer Gaby Lasky.
Lasky, 41, was born in Mexico and recently completed an international law degree at Northwestern University Law School in Chicago. She is pregnant with twins. Having been 11th on the Meretz list for the outgoing Knesset, she is now hoping for a higher position.
Even if newcomers like Lasky win high slots on the list, they still might not make it into the Knesset because Meretz intends to merge next week with the new left-wing party Hatnua Hahadasha (The New Movement).
Following Meretz's primary, representatives of the two parties will meet to decide what places each party will receive on the joint list, to be compiled next Sunday.
The new party's candidates are expected to include former Labor MK Tzali Reshef and two former advisers to Labor chairman Ehud Barak, Gilad Sher and Yossi Kucik. Former Labor MK Uzi Baram's son, journalist Nir Baram, is also expected to be a candidate.
Hatnua Hahadasha promised on Saturday night to also field a "surprise candidate," whose name will be revealed soon.