MK Shelly Yachimovich to Run for Labor Party Chairmanship

Yachimovich says she is aware of the immense challenge, but she is 'not deterred'; Haaretz poll found last month that Labor would win more seats next election with Yachimovich as its head.

MK Shelly Yachimovich announced Monday that she intends on running for the Labor Party chairmanship.

"I know this will be a hard task, but I am not deterred. This is an immense challenge – to rescue the Labor Party from the crisis it is in. I am sure in my abilities to restore hope to many circles of moral and caring people who are longing for change," Yachimovich wrote in a letter on her website.

Labor MK Shelly Yachimovich.Dudu Beher

"In my five years in the Knesset, I completely devoted myself to realizing my views through legislation on economic and social issues… only by returning social-democratic issues will we have new hope that could connect us to many communities from all over the political spectrum."

An Haaretz poll last month found that Labor would win more seats with MK Shelly Yachimovich at its head than it would if led by any of the other three likely candidates for leadership.

The poll was conducted a day after former party chairman Ehud Barak and four other Labor Knesset members split off to form a new faction.

The split left Labor with eight MKs. But if led by Yachimovich, the poll found, the party would win 10 seats in the next election.