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NETANYAHU MOVES TO UNITE LIKUD

Shalom Promised Second Slot on Knesset List

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NETANYAHU MOVES TO UNITE LIKUD

Released from hospital after a mild stroke, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon called newly elected Likud chairman Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday to congratulate him and thank him for his concern during Sharon's recent health ordeal.

Netanyahu is moving quickly to unite Likud, promising primary runner-up Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom yesterday the number two slot on the party list for Knesset come March elections.

Netanyahu vowed to "clear out the negative and criminal elements" from the party, the former taken as a reference to right-wing activist Moshe Feiglin and the latter to Sharon cronies still hanging around in Likud.

Netanyahu also pledged to pull Likud ministers out of Sharon's cabinet and the faction is deliberating when to make that move.

Netanyahu's victory has brought Likud two extra Knesset seats since last week, up to 14 now, according to a Haaretz-Channel 10 survey carried out by the Dialog polling company Tuesday night. Kadima's tally remained tops at 39 mandates, while Labor dropped from 24 to 21.

 

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