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Liberman ‘would be happy’ to run with Shaked in new election

Monday 27/May/2019 - 11:03 AM
Liberman with Shaked
Liberman with Shaked


The Times of Israel

With coalition negotiations stalled and amid increasing talk of fresh elections to break the political stalemate، Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman on Sunday said he would be willing to campaign together with outgoing Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked، a partnership that could dramatically impact the balance of power in the Knesset.

“I would be happy to run with Ayelet Shaked in the next elections،” Liberman told the Kan public broadcaster.

He also told Kan he was rejecting a suggested compromise with ultra-Orthodox parties brokered by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu، who was making last-ditch efforts to form a government before Wednesday night’s deadline.

While holding urgent talks with prospective coalition partners at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem on Sunday، Netanyahu’s Likud party was also preparing its lawmakers to vote on disbanding the Knesset on Monday، in the event that the efforts fail.

Liberman said that he planned to vote in favor of the bill to disband parliament، Kan reported.

Shaked، the former co-leader the New Right party، which failed to win any seats in the April 9 elections، and Liberman have met twice in recent weeks، according to a Channel 13 news report Sunday night.

The two met on Independence Day earlier this month at a party at the Herzliya Pituach home of real estate developer Barak Rosen. Among the 100 other guests at the event was Netanyahu’s son Yair، the report said.

Liberman and Shaked also met two weeks ago for a more extensive one-on-one chat، sources told Channel 13، noting that the two have been good friends for a while and have often gotten together in the past.

Edited by Rabea Yehia

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