Former Kadima chair Tzipi Livni held a news conference at 12:00 noon to announce that she is running for the 19th Knesset at the helm of an independent party, "The Movement – Headed by Tzipi Livni."
Livni met Monday with another former Kadima chair, Ehud Olmert, and informed him of her decision.
According to a Maagar Mochot poll published Thursday, a list headed by Livni would garner nine Knesset seats and "steal" seats from Labor, which would get only 19, and Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid (Future) party, which would get 4 seats.
Lapid has offered Livni the Number Two position in her party. Labor Head Shelly Yechimovich has also asked her to join Labor.
Livni accused Likud of becoming an extremist party, and pointed to the party's primaries, in which Moshe Feiglin defeated Benny Begin, as proof of this.
Likud fired back immediately, noting that Livni supported the Disengagement and calling her "serially indecisive" and "lacking in national principles and diplomatic sense.
The Labor party called Livni's new party a party of "refugees from refugees" – a reference to the former Kadima MKs who are expected to join her list, when Kadima itself was made up largely of "refugees" from Likud.