Lapid secretly cancels elections for leadership

Lapid revealed to have covertly broken promises to hold primaries and elections for Yesh Atid chair, quietly postponing to next Knesset.

Ari Yashar,

Yair Lapid
Yair Lapid
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Yesh Atid chairperson MK Yair Lapid was revealed on Thursday to have quietly broken his promises to hold primaries and elections for his role, raising questions on whether he is afraid of losing his leadership.

The revelation was made by Channel 10, which reported that Lapid had secretly canceled his promises to hold primaries for the Yesh Atid Knesset list and elections for the party leadership as is done in several other parties, with the change in rules made without the knowledge of his MKs.

When Lapid founded the party in 2012 he established a regulation determining that the party head would not need to hold elections in the next two Knesset terms, but afterwards the chairperson would be elected and primaries would be held for the list of MKs.

However, the news station reports that Lapid has since canceled the elections for his role in a covert process.

Article 56 of the Yesh Atid regulations specified that elections for the party leadership would be held after the elections for the 20th Knesset, which is the current one.

However, Lapid altered the regulations so that the elections will take place after the 21st Knesset, and also determined that he alone would select the party's Knesset list, foregoing the promised primaries.

Lapid's erstwhile ally Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett in January 2014 accused him of running a "dictatorship," given the party's lack of primaries.

The former news anchor Lapid similarly showed his control streak a month later in February 2014, when he forbid his MKs from selecting the president of their choice amid elections for Israel's president.

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