Crowded field expected in Likud central committee race

Science, Technology, and Space Minister Danny Danon’s appointment as ambassador to the United Nations began a race over the weekend to replace him in the powerful post of head of the Likud central committee.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will choose between MKs Bennie Begin and Tzachi Hanegbi for the vacancy in the cabinet. But Netanyahu is not expected to announce who will become a minister until the Knesset returns from its extended summer recess in October.

While the cabinet post will be decided by Netanyahu alone, the 3000-member central committee will elect its new leader. Among the powers of the post, the head of the central committee becomes interim leader when the party chairman survives.


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