Likud Central Committee to convene to approve party primaries

MK Gideon Sa'ar hinted on his Twitter account that he is ready to contest Netanyahu's leadership of Likud.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Gideon Sa'ar
Gideon Sa'ar
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Members of the Likud Central Committee were invited to a meeting next Thursday to approve a date for the party's primaries.

Earlier on Thursday, it was reported on Arutz Sheva that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is preparing to hold primaries to elect the Likud chairman within a few weeks. Netanyahu is seeking to establish his position as Likud chairman and prevent attempts to oust him in the near future.

MK Gideon Sa'ar (Likud), considered the prime minister's prime political opponent within the party, hinted on his Twitter account that he might contest the party's leadership. "I am ready," Sa'ar wrote but did not elaborate further.

If Netanyahu or Gantz cannot form a coalition, and Rivlin informs the Knesset Speaker that he doesn't see a possibility of forming a government, a majority of the Knesset members have a 21-day period to request that the president assign the task to a particular member of the Knesset. If such a request is not made, the Knesset is dispersed and new elections are called.

Netanyahu is wary of this 21-day period and he apparently wants to ensure his position in the party.