Amram Mitzna's surprise announcement last night of his resignation as head of the Labor Party has left his party in a state of disarray.
First Publish: 5/4/2003, 8:28 PM
Amram Mitzna's surprise announcement last night of his resignation as head of the Labor Party has left his party in a state of disarray. Once again, the political camps of Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, Chaim Ramon, Avraham Burg, and others are expected to come to life, hoping to get their man elected in internal elections that may be called in a matter of months. Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, as well, is also expected to seriously consider returning to active political life. In addition, candidates such as Dalia Itzik, Ophir Pines, and Matan Vilnai may also run for the first time. Labor Secretary-General Ophir Pines, who has assumed the responsibilities of party leader until someone else is chosen, faces three choices: to call new elections for a new party chairman; to appoint Shimon Peres as a temporary chairman; or to appoint a collective leadership body.