Likud court cancels party leadership race

The Likud’s highest internal court canceled the February 23 leadership race in the party Wednesday after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s representatives and opponents both told the court that holding a primary with no competition was unnecessary.

Netanyahu will officially be declared the winner by the Likud’s election committee at a symbolic meeting Thursday night at Ramat Gan’s Kfar Hamaccabiah. This will be Netanyahu’s seventh term as leader of the party.

The election committee decided to hold the primary Monday after the party’s lawyer Avi Halevy said on Netanyahu’s behalf that its members should be given their democratic right to vote. Nevertheless, Halevy praised the decision by the court to cancel the race.


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