Mofaz Beats Livni To Head Of Israel’s Kadima Party

Israel’s Iranian-born former military chief and defense minister Shaul Mofaz has been waiting more than three years for another chance to take the helm of the centrist Kadima Party.

After accomplishing that mission in Tuesday’s primary, he now faces an uphill battle in leading Kadima back to power.

Mofaz defeated the current party leader, Tzipi Livni, in Tuesday’s primary by a wide margin.

Preliminary results showed Mofaz soundly defeating Livni. With 95 percent of the votes counted, Mofaz held a lead early Wednesday of 62 percent to 38 percent for Livni.

Official results are only expected in Wednesday morning, but Israeli TV stations have declared Mofaz the winner after building an insurmountable lead over Livni.


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