Primary elections for leadership of the Labor Party will be held on September 7, a central committee of members decided on Sunday.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak quit his position as party chairman last month and went to form his own Atzmaut faction, taking four of his fellow Labor MKs with him.

Former Labor ministers Isaac Herzog and Avishai Braverman – who quit the government following Barak's move - have officially announced their candidacy for chairmanship. MK Shelly Yachimovich, former chairmen Amir Peretz and Amram Mitzna, and businessman Arel Margalit are also expected to run for the position.

The Labor Knesset faction chose former cabinet minister Micha Harish as temporary chairman of the Labor Party, pending results of the primaries.
Harish served as secretary general of the Labor Party in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and played a role in the election in which Labor secured 44 Knesset seat under Yitzhak Rabin.