Likud primaries canceled?

Registration to run for the chairman of the Likud party has closed, but there is only one candidate - Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Shoshana Miskin,

Binyamin Netanyahu
Binyamin Netanyahu
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is the only candidate registered to run for chairman of the Likud party and candidacy for prime minister of the 21st Knesset elections.

Registration for the Likud primaries ended Sunday at noon.

According to Article 58 of the Articles of Association Elections for the Likud Movement, such a situation causes an automatic declaration of Netanyahu as the winner in the primaries.

The Article states: "If by the end date for filing nomination, which will occur on the 10th of January, 2016, it turns out that only one member submitted his or her candidacy, the Central Election Committee and the Control Committee will converge within three days after the end date in order to publish the first draft of the candidates list, i.e. no later than the 14th of January, and declare the only candidate as the candidate selected to be the Likud chairman and candidate for prime minister of Israel’s 21st elections or when elections will be held. "

The announcement is expected to be made on Wednesday.

Factions in the Zionist Union responded, "Netanyahu wants to do to Israel what he does in the Likud – make it so no one will challenge him. Well he can forget it - we will continue to confront him and establish another system."