Israel's Labor Party to choose new leader

AP News
Posted: Sep 21, 2011 8:43 AM
Israel's Labor Party to choose new leader

Israel's opposition Labor Party is choosing a new leader after an inconclusive first round of voting.

Shelly Yachimovich, an outspoken former television journalist, is facing off against her one-time mentor, Amir Peretz. Peretz is an ex-union leader and former party chairman who also served as defense minister.

Voting is to continue into Wednesday evening after an inconclusive vote last week. Results are expected early Thursday.

Labor dominated Israeli politics for the country's first three decades. But it has gradually weakened since the late 1970s and now holds just eight seats in the 120-member parliament.

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Both candidates hope to tap into discontent with the current government. Popular protests over soaring living costs took Israel by storm over the summer.