Just In: Avi Gabbay Wins Israel’s Labor Party Primary, Beating Amir Peretz

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Avi Gabbay, a business exec with little political experience, has just won Israel’s Labor Party primary and hopes to replace Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, Haaretz reports.

On Monday, over 30,000 of the Labor Party’s 52,000 members voted to decide which of them will be the party’s new leader after the two finished at the top last week’s vote.  Gabbay received 16,080 votes, and Amir Peretz – a former party leader and defense minister – received 14,734, with 59 percent of party members voting.

“Tomorrow the election campaign to replace the government in Israel begins,” Gabbay said.

The new Labor leader, who is not a Knesset member, also reiterated his call to ousted party leader Isaac Herzog to continue serving as the chairman of the opposition in the Knesset.

{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}

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