Olmert Will Not Endorse Any Candidate in Upcoming Kadima Primaries

Former PM and Kadima leader met with both Tzipi Livni and Shaul Mofaz this week, but says he will stay out of the primary.

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will not support any of the candidates in the upcoming Kadima party primary, sources close to him said this week.

The former Kadima leader, who is currently on trial for corruption-related charges, met with current party chair Tzipi Livni and her opponent Shaul Mofaz this week.

The Kadima primary is set to take place on March 27. Thus far, Livni, Mofaz and Avi Dichter have all declared their candidacy.

In the previous party primary, Livni beat out Mofaz by a slim margin of a few hundred votes.

Labor party leader Shelly Yachimovitz criticized Livni and Mofaz, as well as former journalist and political newcomer Yair Lapid, for their "pilgrimages" to Olmert's home this week.

"This is improper behavior… that indicates to the public that corruption and criminality at the highest levels of government are an inconsequential and acceptable matter," she wrote today on her Facebook page.

Primaries are also expected to take place in the Likud and Meretz parties over the coming months, as the parties anticipate early elections to the Knesset.

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