Herzog announces run for Labor chairmanship

Social Affairs Minister says he will "fight for the party and its renewal;" elections not planned until late 2012.

Herzog 311 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Herzog 311
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Social Affairs Minister Yitzhak Herzog announced that he will seek the chairmanship of the Labor Party in the next primaries, at Labor Party meeting in Tel Aviv on Thursday.
Herzog said, "It is my intention to fight for the party and for its renewal, I plan on running for the head of the Labor Party in a democratic fashion."
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"Many ask me if this party can be resurrected, and why do we need this party? 'The house is destroyed,' they say, 'broken.'"
Herzog did not discuss leaving the coalition, although Labor had announced in the past that it would do so, should peace talks fail.
Minister of Minorities Avishai Braverman has also hinted that he will run for Labor Party chairman, and MK Shelli Yacimovitch is rumored to be itnerested in the chairmanship, as well.
According to Labor's constitution, the party will not have internal elections for chairman until the end of 2012.
Also at the party's meeting, Hilik Bar, a Jerusalem city council member, was chosen as Labor's secretary-general. Bar, 35, was elected unanimously.