New Labor constitution would delay primary

Labor chairman Ehud Barak will present a new party constitution to Labor's June 11 convention that would delay the party's leadership race from April 2010 to as late as 2013, according to a draft of the constitution first published on the web site of Barak's critic, MK Shelly Yacimovich. The party's current constitution says that a primary must be held within 14 months of losing a general election. The new version sets the primary for six months before a general election. The new draft also gives more power to the party chairman at the expense of the secretary-general and prevents MKs who rebel against the party's decisions from running again with Labor. Labor rebel MK Eitan Cabel slammed Barak, saying his constitution resembled that of Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez. Barak's associates responded that the changes would "restore necessary quiet to the party."
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