Hotovely Appeals Likud Primaries Results

Tzipi Hotovely, who was just 55 votes short of being placed in a realistic spot on the Likud’s Knesset list, appeals results.

Uzi Baruch,

Tzipi Hotovely
Tzipi Hotovely
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Deputy Transportation Minister Tzipi Hotovely, who was just 55 votes short of being placed in a realistic spot on the Likud’s Knesset list, on Thursday filed an official appeal with the Likud’s election commission.

In the appeal, Hotovely requests a recount of the votes or that the “true results” of the vote, as she put it, in which she was placed in the 20th spot, be published.

After a close race, it was determined earlier this week that former minister Avi Dichter defeated Hotovely for the 20th spot by only 55 votes. 20,892 Likud members voted for Dichter, while 20,837 voted for Hotovely, according to official results.

Hotovely is asking in her appeal that the ballot in Beit Jann, a Druze village in northern Israel, be invalidated due to faults in that ballot (in Beit Jann, MK Tzahi Hanegbi received 250 votes even though only 197 Likud members voted overall at that specific station).

She also notes that a few votes in her favor in ballots in Ashkelon, Ofakim, and Neve Tzuf were not counted.

Hotovely admitted this week that the primaries' results disappointed her, and explained why she did not do as well as many had expected.

“There was a disconnect from the Likud rank and file while I was on maternity leave and it is clear that I paid for this in the primaries, but I would not have given it up for the world, it was worth the price,” she said.

She claimed Monday morning that she has solid data that places her ahead of Dichter. “In the course of the examination that we are conducting at this moment, there is already a gap of 200 votes in my favor,” she told Army Radio. “Countless mistakes were made in this setup because the results were copied at a late night hour – and things can still change.”

If the appeal fails, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu can still select Hotovely for the 11th spot, which is reserved for a candidate of his choosing, but it is unknown if he would consider doing so.




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