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Although polls show a sure victory for the Likud over Labor in the coming elections, the Labor Party is still busy with its internal issues.
First Publish: 11/8/2002, 2:28 PM

Although polls show a sure victory for the Likud over Labor in the coming elections, the Labor Party is still busy with its internal issues. The three-way race for party leader is rumored to be on its way down to two, as MK Chaim Ramon - currently running last in the polls behind Amram Mitzna and current leader Binyamin Ben-Eliezer - is said to be ready to withdraw and throw his support to Haifa Mayor Mitzna.

In addition, a small forum of party seniors will decide next week whether its Knesset candidates will be chosen in unwieldy and expensive country-wide primaries, or in a more modest election among the 5,000 members of the party's central committee. Recently-resigned Transportation Minister Ephraim Sneh is in favor of the latter proposal, while Mitzna is against - and senior MK Avraham Burg has even threatened not to run at all for the Knesset if the countrywide primaries are canceled.