At noon on January 10 has completed registration of candidates on a post of the leader «Likud». For the first time in the history of the party on this post claims the only candidate. And this candidate is the current party leader and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
According to the Israeli media, including the spokesman, the members of the election Commission will in the coming days to decide whether there will be primaries, scheduled for 23 February. According to most members of the party centre, it makes no sense to spend millions of shekels on the internal elections in the current situation.
According to the party Charter, in the case that IR has registered only one candidate, the members of the election Commission and Supervisory body of the party within three days to announce the cancellation of the primaries, the only candidate automatically becomes the new leader of the movement, which will lead Likud in the next parliamentary elections.
The idea to move the primary to an earlier date belonged to Benjamin Netanyahu. Former interior Minister Gideon Saar on the eve of voting members of the party centre to offer Netanyahu said: if the primaries will be held in February, he refuses to participate.
About his intention to run for the post of head of «Likud» also said a member of Knesset, Oren Hazan, becoming the Knesset’s 20-th convocation, the hero of scandals. Last week, he said, he was pressured so that he announced his candidacy against Netanyahu, but he decided not to.