Former Kadima chairwoman Tzipi Livni announced Tuesday that she was running for Knesset with a new party called Hatnuah, but did not reveal who would be running with her. By afternoon, though, it was clear that several Kadima MKs were moving to join Hatnuah.
MKs Yoel Hasson, Shlomo Molla, Majali Wahabi and Rachel Adatto announced their plans to leave, and they're expected to be joined by three more Kadima MKs, including Robert Tiviaev.
MKs Doron Avital and Yohanan Plesner, who had weighed joining up with Livni, decided to remain with Kadima for now.
Livni has been speaking with former generals Shlomo Yanai, Isaac Ben-Israel and Amram Mitzna about joining her movement, but it wasn't clear yesterday where those talks stood.
The political arena reacted to Livni's announcement with anger and scorn: The Meretz, Labor and Yesh Atid parties, which are liable to lose votes to Hatnuah, condemned Livni's decision to further split the center-left bloc instead of joining an existing party.
Livni, for her part, promised that when she went to the president after the election she would only recommend that a centrist party leader be given a chance to form the next government.
She did not say whether she would agree to join a government headed by Benjamin Netanyahu.