Peretz likely to endorse Ayalon Sunday

Peretz denies report of deal to support Ayalon in return for a plum portfolio.

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Labor MK Ami Ayalon spoke to defeated Labor chairman Amir Peretz on Tuesday morning in a conversation both sides said would likely lead to Peretz endorsing Ayalon in a June 12 runoff race against former prime minister Ehud Barak. Barak defeated Ayalon in Monday's Labor primary, 35.6 percent to 30.6%, but neither candidate received the necessary 40% of the vote to avoid a runoff race. Peretz won 22.4% of the vote, making him a potential kingmaker whose endorsement could decide the winner of the runoff. In a speech to party activists outside his Rishon Lezion campaign headquarters Tuesday night, Peretz said he would not rule out endorsing either candidate on a personal basis. He denied a Channel 2 report that an agreement to support Ayalon in return for a plum portfolio had already been drafted.
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