Braverman drops out of race for Labor leadership

MK's decision follows announcement by MK Shelly Yacimovich that she is entering race for September primary election.

311_Avishai Braverman (photo credit: Associated Press)
311_Avishai Braverman
(photo credit: Associated Press)
MK Avishay Braverman on Thursday said that he was removing himself as a candidate to lead the Labor Party in the faction's September 7 primary election.
Braverman did not immediately give a reason for his decision to step out of the Labor race, but was scheduled to speak at a  press conference on Thursday evening.
Shelly Yacimovich announces run for Labor chair
The decision by Braverman came following an announcement from Labor MK Shelly Yacimovich earlier this week that she was entering the Labor Party’s leadership race.
Yacimovich joined MK Isaac Herzog as a candidate for the primary. MK Amir Peretz and Union of Local Authorities in Israel chairman Shlomo Buhbut are expected to join the race soon.
Gil Hoffman contributed to this report