Primaries Shake Up Labor Slate, Pushing Senior Ministers Out of Next Knesset


Minister Nachman Shai casts his vote during the Labor primaries, at a polling station in Yerushalayim, on Tuesday. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

The Labor party held its primaries on Tuesday, ahead of the November elections, with the results shaking up its slate, placing newcomers ahead of veteran MKs and ministers.

Labor bylaws stipulate that beginning with the number-two slot, the slate must include an even number of men and women, placed in intervals.

This has placed MK Naama Lazimi in the second spot following Labor leader Merav Michaeli, followed by Gilad Kariv, Efrat Rayten, Ram Shefa, Emilie Moatti, Yaya Fink, Ibtisam Mara’ana, Public Security Minister Omer Barlev, and Mehereta Baruch-Ron in the top10 spots.

The Labor party is currently polling between five and six seats, meaning Barlev may find himself outside the Knesset. Diaspora Affairs Minister Nachman Shai was placed at 16, meaning he was pushed out entirely.

Labor said that some 57% of its 40,000 eligible voters cast their ballots – a lower voter turnout than the party had hoped to see.

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