In Blow to Rivals, Ovadia Yosef Names Aryeh Deri Sole Chairman of Shas

Deri, who served 22 months in jail for accepting bribes, was one of ultra-Orthodox party's joint leaders in January election; former Interior Minister Eli Yishai demoted to chairman of party's education network.

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Rabbi Ovadia Yosef on Thursday appointed Knesset member Aryeh Deri chairman of the Shas party.