Barak announces support for Avital as president

Former prime minister and Labor leadership candidate Ehud Barak announced on Monday afternoon his support for MK Colette Avital as the preferred presidential candidate. "MK Avital is a worthy individual with many achievements, and she is the Labor Party's only candidate," Barak said. Fellow Labor MK Ophir Paz-Pines also recently announced he would support Avital's candidacy. MK Ami Ayalon, on the other hand, said he supported Vice Premier Shimon Peres for president. Both Paz-Pines and Ayalon are competing with Barak in the coming Labor primaries.