MK Kahlon Wins Likud Primaries

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Deputy Knesset Speaker Moshe Kahlon won first place on the Likud's Knesset list in the party's primaries yesterday.

Since party chair MK Benjamin Netanyahu is first and the second place is reserved for Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom, Kahlon will be third on the list.

Following on the are MK Gilad Erdan, MK Gideon Sa'ar, MK Michael Eitan, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, Minister Dan Naveh, MK Yuval Steinitz, Minister Limor Livnat, Natan Sharansky, Minister Yisrael Katz, MK Haim Katz, MK Uzi Landau, MK Yuli Edelstein, MK Daniel Benlulu, MK Leah Ness, MK Naomi Blumenthal, MK Ehud Yatom, MK Michael Ratzon, MK David Levy, MK David Mena, MK Gila Gamliel and Dan Danon.

Some 91 percent of Likud Central Committee members turned out yesterday to elect their candidates for the Knesset.

Opinion polls indicating that the former ruling party is expected to win only 15 Knesset seats in the approaching elections - compared to 38 last time - led to a fierce battle for the top slots on the list.

The battle included deals among candidates and their camps, "hit lists," gimmicks, hugs and kisses, all in the pouring rain outside the voting stations at the Tel Aviv Exhibition Grounds.

The Likud ministers tried to display unity yesterday, despite their party's continued plummet in the polls.

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