Dec. 19 is proposed date for Likud chair election

The Likud central committee will convene on Thursday at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds for the first time since Prime Minister Ariel Sharon bolted the party amid bitter infighting among Sharon's potential successors. The central committee is expected to set December 19 as the date for the party leadership primary. Interim Likud chairman Tzahi Hanegbi will be the sole speaker at the meeting to prevent it from becoming a platform for the six Likud leadership candidates and some 300 candidates running for Knesset with the Likud.