Yesh Atid to Hold Primaries in January 2022

Defeat in the elections would not mean that Yair Lapid would have to forgo his rotation agreement for the premiership

Noa Shpigel
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Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid in the Knesset, this week.
Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid in the Knesset, this week. Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg
Noa Shpigel

Yesh Atid, the party led by Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, will hold primaries for its leadership in January 2022, the party spokesman announced on Saturday.

Defeat in the elections would not mean that Yair Lapid would have to forgo his rotation agreement for the premiership. According to coalition agreements, Lapid's term as prime minister is set to commence in October 2023. 

In the statement, the party said it would reveal the new guidelines for the election on Sunday, and that the deadline for candidates to enter the race would be December 21. 

The election will take place at the Yesh Atid party conference on January 4, where a committee will also decide on the party's list for future elections and their places on the list. 

Since the Yesh Atid party's founding in 2012, Lapid has extended his term as chairman three times, although the party's original rules only entitled him to two terms. The party's constitution gives the chairman unlimited powers in running the party and he cannot be removed.

Last year, Lapid was publicly called for the first time to hold an internal primary election when he was challenged by former lawmaker Ofer Shelah, who was amongst Yesh Atid's founders. During the last election cycle, Shelah said that without internal elections the party won't be able to win elections. Lapid refused to hold primaries and pushed Shelah out of the party,

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