Israel Election Updates Lieberman Announces Yisrael Beiteinu Won't Join Coalition With Meretz

58 days to go: Aiman Ouda elected as Hadash chairman as results from Hadash, Balad primary election begin to come in.

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Former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.
Former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.Credit: Olivier Fitoussi

Latest political summary: Habayit Hayehudi presented its new slate, which, according to Haaretz's Chaim Levinson, is a disappointment for party leader Naftali Bennett. Kulanu, Moshe Kahlon's party, has also released its slate.

The joint Labor-Hatnuah slate, known as Zionist Camp, has for the first time pushed ahead of Likud in the polls, scoring between one to four seats more than its main rival Netanyahu, meanwhile, says his party won't form a coalition with the Zionist Camp

Latest updates:

10:50 P.M. Lieberman announces he won't join government with Galon

Yisrael Beiteinu chairman and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced on Saturday that he would not join a governing coalition with MK Zehava Galon, who leads the Meretz party. This move reduces the chances of Zionist Camp leaders Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni of forming a government after the election, as many possible scenarios necessitate including both parties in a future coalition.

MKs from the Arab parties meet in early December 2014 to discuss forming a joint bloc.Credit: No credit

8:30 P.M. MK Dov Khenin received 75 percent of the votes in the Hadash primary, which put him at number three on the party's Knesset list.

6:15 P.M. MK Elazar Stern leaves Tzipi Livni's Hatnuah, joins Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid

Mohammed Barakeh (L) at a Hadash meeting in Haifa, January 15, 2015.Credit: Rami Shlush

5:50 P.M. Retired IDF General Yoav Galant resopnds to ICC investigation

Retired IDF General Yoav Galant, running for a spot in the next Knesset with Moshe Kahlon's party, Kulanu, responded on Saturday to the International Criminal Court's decision to begin a preliminary investigation into possible war crimes in Israel and the occupied territories.

Galant called the decision to investigate a "crime against morality, a crime against justice," adding "decisions made by commanders are complex and difficult, and I know that they were made, are made, and will continue to be made in a way that upholds combat ethics at the highest level in the world." (Ilan Lior)

4:30 P.M. Aiman Ouda elected as Hadash chairman

Hadash Secretary-General Aiman Ouda was elected as party chairman in the party's primary election on Saturday. MK Mohammed Barakeh, the previous chairman, withdrew his candidacy earlier, alongside two other contenders, MK Issam Mahoul and MK Afou Agbaria.

The Arab party Balad also picked its Knesset list on Saturday Jamal Zahalka will remain chairman, while MK Hanin Zoabi was elected to slot number 2. (Jack Khoury). Full article.

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